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Learning Letters

When S was little, I posted a hand-made poster of the ABC’s on the wall in our dining room. I had both capital and lowercase displayed, so that she could learn both at the same time. She enjoyed having this visual on the wall and at times I would see her pointing to the letters as she sang her ABC’s.  For LM, I made an alphabet board with flashcards.

Besides reading (everyday if possible), there are a variety of things that you can do with your preschooler or kindergartner to review letter and sound recognition. Below are a couple that have been successful in our family.

ABC Puzzles: Foam puzzles for the floor or bath. Sunshine learned a lot of her letters and sounds from bath time letter puzzles that went on the wall. The letter was inside the animal that began with that letter.

Letter Menu: Cut out foods from magazines and grocery fliers and paste them on letter page. Example: A=apricots, apples B=bananas, beans C= carrots, cream cheese and so on. We would then play restaurant and order food from the colorful alphabet book.

ABC discovery bags: Great for teaching letter sounds and language development.

Tiny Objects Collection from Time for Tots: This collection is fun for sorting and matching beginning letter sounds.

Letter Collage: Similar to above, but you can cut out any pictures that begin with the letters in the alphabet. Have your preschooler write the letter next to the picture to practice writing the letters. 

Letter Walk Find letters on signs and have your child identify the letter. This can also be done with colors, shapes, or a good old scavenger nature hunt.

Letter Theme Weeks– Work on one letter for the week and center the activities around that letter.  For example, for letter Oo, LM created a large Oo, learned about the color orange, and colored an octopus.

More Resources:
Free Alphabet Printables from Creative and Curious Kids

Alphabet Pinterest Board– Pinterest has been great for finding and collecting alphabet related activities.

Alphabet Books from children’s BOOK

More Alphabet Ideas from The Activity Mom

Toilet Paper Tube Alphabet Crafts from The Activity Mom

Written by Jen

Alphabet Activities

There are so may ways to play and learn with letters! Many people like to focus on one letter at a time (for a day or a week) so I thought this list of alphabet activities would be helpful. When you do one of these activities, write out the words for the children to see and read them together. You could even make a book with these.

Say your address.
Eat an apple.
Make the sound of your favorite animal.
Read a book.
Bounce a ball.
Ride your bicycle.
Count the trees in your yard.
Point to the clock in the house.
Catch a ball.
Bark like a dog.
Quack like a duck.
Wash the dishes.
Walk like an elephant.
Count to eleven.
Touch your elbow.
Hope like a frog.
Jump fourteen times.
Fly like a bird.
Wear the color green.
Jump like a grasshopper.
Make someone giggle.
Hop on one foot 10 times.
Gallop like a horse.
Hug a friend.
Eat an ice cream cone.
Look for an icicle in cold weather.
Find a picture of an inchworm.
Tell someone a joke.
Jog around the block with your mom.
Jump up and down five times.
Kick a ball.
Find a picture of a kangaroo.
Open a door with a key.
Hop on your left foot.
Write the letters of your name.
Look at the leaves on a tree.
Look at the moon.
Jump like a monkey.
Dance ot your favorite music.
Write 10 numbers.
Read the newspaper.
Go outside at nighttime.
Open and close a door.
Eat an orange.
What is the opposite of hello?
Paint a pretty picture.
Color something purple.
Count some pennies.
Ask three questions.
Draw a quilt pattern of squares and color each square.
Write your name as quickly as you can.
Draw a rainbow.
Draw two rectangles.
Read your favorite book to someone.
Count the stars in the sky.
Crawl like a spider.
Cut something from a magazine with scissors.
Move like a turtle.
Tiptoe in the house.
Talk on the telephone.
Use an umbrella.
Look at a picture of a unicorn.
Hide under a table.
Sing a song in a soft voice.
Smell some vinegar.
Eat some vegetables.
Try to whistle.
Open a window.
Waddle like a duck.
Look at a picture of a xylophone.
Draw a circle and put an X in the middle.
Draw a square and put an X in the middle.
Play with a yoyo.
Make a yellow picture with crayons.
Yawn as if you are tired.
Make a zero with your fingers.
Zip up a jacket.
Pretend to be an animal in the zoo.

List from “Reading Games for Young Children” by Jackie Silberg

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