Inside: There are so many fun toddler alphabet activities that are simple, playful, and fun. Each of these 16 activities expose toddlers to letters through play and hands-on exploration. No flash cards necessary!
You have started hearing your toddler sing the ABC song. Now you’re wondering about other toddler alphabet activities. How can you add them to your day?
Through play and exploration!
With art and play dough!
In the sandbox, in the pretend play area, in the sensory bin!
In other words, toddler alphabet activities should involve play, exploration, and FUN. And that is what this collection is all about.
16+ Playful Toddler Alphabet Activities
Note: Some of these alphabet activities might need to be simplified a bit. Start with exploration, and then add on as your toddler transitions to a preschooler and shows more interest in letters. As your child gets older, check out our preschool literacy activities at the end of this post.
Fill a bin with foam letters for ABC letter play.
Explore your name’s letters in a discovery bottle.
Sort letters using a DIY letter box.
Press foam letters into play dough.
Drive cars on letter roads. (Free printables from Gift of Curiosity.)
Play with trucks and alphabet rocks. (Mom Inspired Life)
Serve alphabet pancakes for breakfast. (Education.com)
Make a playful alphabet garden. (Free printables from Totschooling.)
Push cars through alphabet tunnels. (Toddler Approved)
Plant an alphabet flower garden. (Buggy and Buddy)
Set up your pretend kitchen with some ABC cookie baking. (Fantastic Fun and Learning)
Paint over wax letters. (Learn with Play at Home)
Display a tactile alphabet poster. (My Mundane and Miraculous Life)
Remove letters from ice. (Little Bins for Little Hands)
Scoop letters out of water. (Busy Toddler)
Use DIY letter stamps on paper. (Make, Take and Teach)
Create alphabet snowmen during the winter.
Use the water table to make alphabet soup.
Add letters to a kinetic sand construction bin.
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