Inside: 27 Awesome Ways to Teach the Alphabet -And You Won’t Need Flashcards
Preschool parents are concerned their children won’t learn their ABCs. I get that. I was that parent.
Then I became a preschool teacher. I relaxed. As a teacher, I know that alphabet learning should be hands-on. It’s not about flash cards or workbooks. It’s about providing playful literacy activities that excite young children to want to learn more.
If you are a preschool teacher, you might wonder at what part of your day should you include alphabet learning. My answer? All day long.
Remember my post about how to add literacy in all areas of the classroom? (If not, I’ve got you covered. Just click here.) Parents can add similar activities in the home.
Bottom line: keep it fun and let them explore!
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27 Awesome Ways to Teach the Alphabet
- Help your children learn the letters in their names with fun, hands-on name activities.
- Make your own tactile cards! Tactile cards allows children to explore the alphabet by tracing the letters with their fingers. (Teaching Mama)
- Add letters to your block area for some added literacy fun.
- Practice the alphabet outside by making a letter museum. (Rubberboots and Elf Shoes)
- Explore letters in the sensory table. Both toddlers and preschoolers love this activity!
- Use letters in small world play by making a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree. (Buggy and Buddy)
- Create letters with Duplos after downloading these free letter printables. (123 Homeschool for Me)
- Make a simple letter box for recognizing and sorting letters.
- Do you explore a letter of the week? If so, check out B-Inspired Mama’s letter-of-the-week collection.
- Teachers can add literacy in various areas of their classrooms throughout the day.
- Download these free block letter printables and see over 150 ways your child can fill them. (The Measured Mom)
- If you have some magnetic letters, you will want to try one of Growing Book By Book’s ideas from their magnetic alphabet collection.
- Children can make their own watercolor alphabet chart to hang in their rooms. (Homegrown Friends)
- Use magnetic letters on a cookie sheet. (Free printable from The Intentional Momma)
- Create lines and curves on rocks to teach preschoolers correct letter formation. (You Clever Monkey)
- Help children learn their letter sounds while playing an alphabet sorting game. (Free printable from Tot Schooling)
- Practice writing letters in spices for an additional sensory experience. (Frog in a Pocket)
- Use recycled materials to make a Feeding the Alphabet Monster Game. (I Can Teach My Child)
- Write letters on beans for a simple letter matching activity using muffin tins. (The Imagination Tree)
- Combine sensory play and letter recognition for a fun, hands-on learning literacy experience. (Pre-K Pages)
- Download these free alphabet printables that can be used with Do-a-Dots. (Tot School)
- Trace letters using cars and these free road letter printables. (Playdough to Plato)
- Add literacy to music with some fun alphabet songs. (Fun-a-Day)
- Enjoy listening to a variety of alphabet books. (This Reading Mama)
- Explore the alphabet while baking a variety of foods with your children. (Life at the Zoo)
- Get your body moving while learning the alphabet with bean bags. (Teach Preschool)
- Add some science to your literacy activities – one for each letter of the alphabet. (Science Sparks)
Bonus! Add more literacy fun with these alphabet formation rhymes!
Teach little ones how to write uppercase alphabet letters with these formation rhymes! This set of printables explains how to write the uppercase letters with a fun little rhyme. These can be used as posters around a room, tracing with a finger, or tracing with a writing utensil.
For $3.00 you can download your digital file and start today!
Lowercase alphabet letters are also available. Download here.
More fun for preschoolers:
You can find more activities on our Literacy Board.