Fun Alphabet Learning Activities for Summer
“I’m looking for ways to keep my preschooler interested in the alphabet while he’s on summer break.”
This was a recent email I got from a dear reader. While I have my own fun alphabet learning activities, I wanted to expand the collection.
And so, I asked my favorite early childhood bloggers. They didn’t disappoint. In fact, I got over 35 of the very best alphabet learning activities. This collection is amazing!
Best part? No workbooks or flashcards are involved. Nope. These are hands-on, FUN activities with a summer twist. They can be done indoors or outdoors. (Who wants to be indoors on a nice summer day?)
And if you are looking for more ideas, scroll down towards the end of this post to learn about Camp Mom!
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Fun Alphabet Learning Activities for Summer
- Make a name puzzle that can be played indoors or outdoors.
- Make an experience book highlighting your summer adventures. (Two-Daloo)
- Fill a bin with foam letters for alphabet recognition fun.
- Practice writing letters with chalk and water. (Coffee Cups and Crayons)
- Make your own letter box that can be used all summer long for literacy activities.
- Go on a backyard alphabet hunt. (Teach Mama)
- Make some frozen letters for a cool literacy activity on a hot summer day. (The Imagination Tree)
- Letters on ping pong balls are fun for fishing out of water. (The Imagination Tree)
- Practice phonics while playing a letter sound freeze dance. (Meaningful Mama)
- Play an alphabet game with water balloons. (Teaching Mama)
- Use water balloons to play letter smash. (School Time Snippets)
- Make your own outdoor chalkboard to practice writing letters. (Rhythms of Play)
- Surround yourself with letters in your backyard with a water park. (Growing Book by Book)
- Make a giant letter race track and form it outdoors to spell words. (The Adventures of Adam)
- Dig for letters in the dirt. (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
- Fill up a tub and wash the letter dishes. (Growing Book by Book)
- Go on a Little Bo Peep name hunt. (Messy Little Monster)
- Fish for letters in an ocean alphabet. (Kitchen Floor Crafts)
- Place letters in sudsy water for an alphabet wash. (Little Bins for Little Hands)
- Add some large motor by playing an alphabet relay. (Tiny Tots Adventures)
- Write your child’s name on cups and use the hose to squirt each cup as the letter is recognized. (Inspiration Laboratories)
- Get outside and have fun with magnetic letters on the garage door. (The Sugar Aunts)
- Make paper letter or word kites with wet chalk. (The Preschool Tool Box)
- While focusing on the letter O, make octopus hot dogs. (A Mom with a Lesson Plan)
- Have a read and draw picnic. (No Time for Flash Cards)
- Get moving while participating in a noisy letter jump. (The Imagination Tree)
- Write letters on the sidewalk and trace them with rocks. (And Next Comes L)
- Create an outdoor writing center. (Lalymom)
- After reading the book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”, go on a sensory adventure in your backyard. (Play and Learn Everyday)
- Put letter stamps in your outdoor water table. (How Wee Learn)
- Experience letter eruptions outdoors. (Learn Play Imagine)
- Collect pebbles from the beach and make story stones. (Messy Little Monster)
- Sprinkle water from a watering can while learning letters in the garden. (The Pleasantest Thing)
- Make a letter recognition activity using popsicle sticks. (How Wee Learn)
- Get the body moving while playing an alphabet bug swat game. (Modern Preschool)
- Write letters on real shells for a fun summer alphabet activity. (The Imagination Tree)
Bonus! Moms, make this summer much more fun! And easier, too!
Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in the e-pack. Its jam-packed with gorgeous photos of super fun activities to do with the kids!
- Several printable summer planning pages (art supply prep list, Summer Bucket List template, etc.)
- Four summer themes with over 45 Simple and FUN activity ideas with full instructions and supply lists. With 80+ total activities and ideas to do!
- Adventure ideas and tips – you can have adventures without leaving your backyard or use the ideas to get out and explore your community.
- Tips and articles for a successful summer: managing sibling conflict, what to do with the toddler, how to enjoy a museum with your kids, etc.
- Reading recommendations to go with each of the 4 themes.
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