Do you have a younger child that needs to learn to recognize the letters in the alphabet? I have some ideas for you, to help them learn the letters of the alphabet, without having them do worksheets all the time.
First we have magnetic letters. The bucket on the top left and the two puzzles on the bottom were given to me by our birth – prek program at our local public school. The white bucket has magnetic letters that I found at the Dollar Store. You can have the children find certain letters and place them on the easel or cookie sheet. You could have them match upper and lower case letters. You can have them put the letters in alphabetical order. They could also match the letters to pictures for the initial sound in the word. For instance if you have a picture of a dog they could put the letter d with it.
ABC Flash Cards
These are different cards that I have found over the years. I have my son put the cards in alphabetical order. Then I have him find a certain letter. We play, find the match, game. We play this game with finding matching uppercase letters to uppercase letters. We have matched lowercase letters with lowercase letters. We will eventually work on matching uppercase to lowercase letters. The cards on the top left stand up. So the kids like to stand them up and then I will call out a letter and they will race to find it.
These are different ABC puzzles that I have found at different stores. I like these puzzles because they give me a break to help my other kids. After my younger son completes a puzzle I have him find certain letters in the puzzle. We will sing the ABC song. Eventually I will show him a picture and have him point to the letter, that the picture starts with.
ABC Foam Stickers & Beads
On the left there are ABC beads with string. We have used these beads to spell our name on a string. We have also learned how to spell other words by stringing the letters together. We have also put the beads in alphabetical order. Sometimes we have a certain letter for the day and they will find all the beads that have that letter for the day on it and put them on the string.
The box on the right are ABC foam stickers. We have used these to find the letter for the day and put them on a paper. For example the kids might have glued beans onto a large uppercase B. Then they will find all of the letter B foam stickers and put it on their letter B worksheet.
The box on the left holds ABC stamps. Each stamp has a different uppercase letter on it. The kids love to use the stamps. We use the stamps to do alphabetical order. We will use the stamps to make pictures using a letter. For example, I will draw a mouse on a piece of paper and have them use the m stamp to go over the outline. Here are some examples for each letter A-apple, B-bumblebee, C-cat, D-dog, E-elephant, F-flower, firetruck, G-goat, H-horse, I-ice cream, J-jump rope, K-kite, L- lollipop, lemon, M-mouse, moon, N-nest, O-octopus, P-polar bear, pencil, Q-quilt, R-rabbit, S – sun, T-tub, truck, U-umbrella, V-violin, violet, W-watermelon, wagon, X-Fox, Box, Z-zipper, zebra.
The box on the right holds felt letters. We put these in alphabetical order. We also find all the felt letters for a certain letter.
My son loves to take our ABC flash cards and put them in alphabetical order, except that we call it the ABC train. He is so good at doing this activity that he can put the whole alphabet in order on his own. I love to watch him sing the ABC song to help him remember what comes next. To pick up the cards I will ask him to find a certain letter and then hand it to me. We sometimes make it a race. To make the activity even harder, I ask him to find a certain sound. For example, find the /f/ sound. He will then find the letter f and hand it to me. This has helped him with learning how to read.
Other activities that will help your child learn to recognize the letters in the alphabet:
1)Read to them. Ask them if they can find a certain letter on the page. Point out a new letter to them.
2) Environmental Print – everywhere that we go there are words. Have them find certain letters when you are out and about.
3) Grocery Game – have them find items in a grocery store that start with a certain letter. Have those items be your dinner for the night. For example, we decided to make dinner using items that only started with the letter P. We made pizza with pepperoni and green peppers. We also had pineapple and pop tarts for dessert.
4) Write a large letter on a piece of paper and have them glue an item that starts with that letter. For example, letter B-beans, letter M-marshmallows, letter N-noodles, letter D-BINGO dobber(it makes dots), letter f-feathers, letter S-stamps (US postal Service will send you some for free), Etc.
5)Water table- put the letters into the water table among another item (bird seed, corn, dirt, sand, etc.) Have them find the letters and tell you the name of each letter.
6) Play dough – have them make a certain letter using play dough. They also make ABC cut outs that they could use to stamp into their play dough.
7) Act it Out – Call out a letter and have them create the letter using their body.
The ideas are endless. Have fun while teaching your child their ABC’s at the same time.
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