Are toddlers too young to be exposed to letters? This question has been asked on my Facebook page many times. So I thought I’d share some ideas on my blog so you can understand why my answer is no. This alphabet sensory play is one of our favorite examples.
Scroll down to find other ways of exposing toddlers to letters, too!
Alphabet Sensory Play
When we put together any activity that includes letters, we make sure it’s through play. Think of what your toddler loves to do, and find a way to include some letters in it.
This alphabet sensory play activity is very similar to our ABC sensory table, except we added water and spoons.
Even though our toddlers are not formally taught the alphabet, they might be recognizing some of the letters. A few of our toddlers intentionally looked for the first letters of their names.
You can read more about name recognition here.
Placing foam letters in a water table or bathtub is like providing letter puzzles and letter blocks. Toddlers are exposed over and over again to letters in a playful setting. You might recall our ABC construction activity using letter blocks.
This type of activity is fun with 2 or more toddlers, too! They are building communication skills while sharing the same space.
Here are more toddler literacy activities:
Dump Truck Alphabet Rocks Activity from Mom Inspired Life
Alphabet Peg Dolls from No Time for Flash Cards
Feed the Shark Activity from Toddler Approved
ABC Jello Sensory Play from Busy Toddler
You can see even more ideas on our literacy pin board!