All kids love their ABCs, but if we want to take things a few notches further and have them perfect the alphabet, the activities we employ must be both memorable and fun.
What you need to know is this: letter recognition is ever important because it helps early readers figure out how printed text is associated with the spoken language.
25 Fun Ways to learn Alphabets
Here are 25 ways in which kids can master the alphabet; and have fun, too.
- Alphabet Ice Painting
- Upper and Lower Case Matching
- Find the magic colour
- Keep it natural
- Bath Play
- Create a letter pizza
- Play ‘musical alphabet’
- Alphabet scavenger hunt
- Write and Draw
- Sort the alphabet
- Eat those alphabets
- Playdough Letters
- Pipe Cleaners Letter Fun
- Beach Ball Fun
- Read Alphabet Books
- Hopscotch Fun
- Write the letter to its sound
- Slap the letter game
- Alphabet Bingo
- Kick The Cup game
- Alphabet Basketball
- Button Letters
- Bake your way through the alphabet
- Sensory Tray
- Highlighting letters
One of the more creative alphabet activities to bring out the budding artist. Put water in the alphabet ice mould and let it set overnight in the freezer. Pop the ice letters out and paint them using washable paint.
Tip: Have kids say the letter they are painting for alphabet recognition.
On post-it slips, write upper and lower case letters before mixing the post-its. Match all upper case letters with their corresponding lower case counterparts.
Tip: Go slow. Match half the alphabet on day one.
Invisible colours make for great alphabet activities! Paint letters on paper with a white crayon and have your child paint over them to find them!
Tip: Write your child’s name for them to uncover!
Use objects from nature to create letters. Leaves, stones or simply whatever you can find.
Tip: Combine different objects to create one letter.
Use alphabet letters cut out of sponge at bath time.
Tip: Have kids trace and cut the letters before bath play.
All you need is a paper plate and alphabet ‘toppings’ cut out from (preferably red) paper for a great ‘tomato letter pizza’.
Tip: Add capsicum cut-outs from green paper. Got to include ‘veggies’!
Place alphabet cut-outs in a circle. Walk around until the music stops and take the closest letter. A great letters activity!
Tip: Say two words with the allotted letter.
A letters activity that brings out the hidden explorer. Bring items that start with a designated letter and place them in a pile.
Tip: Extend it to the outdoors!
One of the simpler alphabet letter activities for preschool.
Choose a letter and write it on a sheet of paper. Draw something that starts with it alongside. Repeat.
Tip: Keep enough space for each drawing.
The best alphabet letters for preschool sharpen kids’ skills. Sort cut-outs of alphabets in the right sequence.
Tip: Create letters from different-coloured paper for an enhanced sensory experience.
ABC activities with food? That’s right! Basic foods your child loves, like pancakes, can be cut into alphabets.
Tip: Correctly identify the ‘food letter’, before eating it.
Playdough can be used for ABC activities that provide a great tactile experience. Use letter stamps to create letters in your favourite playdough.
Tip: Alternatively, use cookie cutters to cut letters from playdough.
One of the easiest letter activities. Use a couple or even three pipe cleaners to create large letters.
Tip: Cut pipe cleaners for smaller letters.
No need to go to the beach for this, one of the coolest letter activities. Have kids identify letters at the spots their hands are at when they catch a beach ball marked with letters.
Tip: Underline each letter so there is no confusion between say, ‘M’ and ‘W’.
A great way to get children inducted into reading, too. Get books that list both upper and lowercase letters.
Tip: Keep it simple. Select books that have limited words on each page.
A great way to learn. Enjoy the game of hopscotch as you jump to different letters.
Tip: You have to say the letters out loud when you jump on them.
Children have to write down the alphabets when you say them.
Tip: Play audio of a letter sound, instead of saying it yourself.
You can relax. No humans will be slapped. The child has to slap the letter you call out on a blackboard filled with letters.
Tip: Up the difficulty quotient. Call out words that begin with the letter to be slapped.
When you get five alphabets, it’s bingo! Call out alphabets from bingo cards and have your child scratch them off their bingo ticket.
Tip: Make it more challenging. Throw in uppercase letters along with those lowercase ones.
Knock down the cup labelled (in large) with the alphabet called out, with a soft ball. A super fun letters activity.
Tip: Conversely, kids can knock down a cup at random and then identify the letter (in small) on the fallen cup.
Enhance your kid’s motor skills. Dunk paper chits with letters corresponding to the one you call out, into a basketball hoop.
Tip: Don’t have a hoop? Use a cardboard box!
Use buttons for endless letter-creating fun.
Tip: Think of a word with the letter created before moving on to the next letter.
Bake cookies, creating all letters of the alphabet.
Tip: Don’t eat all cookies in one day to stay a healthy learner!
Indulge the sense of touch with a tray of beads. Create a letter by tracing through the beads to form the desired pattern.
Tip: Use all sorts of things like rice and even sand, for your sensory tray.
Highlight letters on a page with a fluorescent marker.
Tip: Highlight letters that begin with words you call out, too.
How to Teach the Alphabet: Further Activities to indulge in for your Kids
If the above outlined activities aren’t enough, no problem. Here’s a list of even more activities, to boost the alphabet learning sensibilities of your children.
- Dot Alphabet Activities
- Start With a Dot – Letter Formation Activities
- Letter Tracing Cards in a Salt Tray
- Create Tactile Letter Cards
- Alphabet Tracing Strips
- Alphabet Letter Books that Assemble in a Snap
Where it comes to learning alphabets, the use of ‘dots’ can be most beneficial.
It is really easy for children to understand how letters are formed, when they begin with a single dot. Starting from there, they can go on to connect the next dot that makes up the particular letter of the alphabet, and so on. Tip: You don’t have to create these dots yourself. Simply scour the Internet for some cool worksheets pertaining to the same, and you are sorted!
Get your kids to create letters of the alphabet, in a tray that has only a light layer of salt at the bottom. The fine texture of salt, makes for a wonderful sensory experience for children, and gets them to learn the alphabet, too!
Want to create some cool tactile cards for Alphabet Learning? Here’s how you can do it!
Write down the letters you want to teach them on card paper with a marker. Now, gently spread glue onto those letters and wait till it dries. Let your kids revel in running their fingers over those ‘raised lines’ that make up the letters.
If you want your children to learn the alphabet effectively, this is probably one of the best methods. When they use these strips to trace over the letters, it will not only improve their alphabet skills, but help lay the foundation for creating whole ‘sentences’ in the future, too.
There are printable alphabet books out there, that are most easy to assemble. These books are great in providing a plethora of ways to help your kids practice things like Letter Formation and Letter Recognition.
Make sure you expand slowly as you go along with these fun activities for alphabet recognition. Ensure you gauge excitement levels before you make those games more difficult.
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