Singing the ABC song is a time-honored tradition. And rightly so! It’s a useful memory tool to help children learn the alphabet.
But if you’d like to add some new alphabet activities to your daily routine, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 games that will boost your child’s ability to recognize letters.
1. Dot Stickers Along a Letter: Practice fine motor skills and letter recognition at the same time! You’ll need dot stickers and a piece of computer or construction paper. Write your child’s name or even just a single letter on the blank paper in black permanent marker. Then, invite your child to place stickers all along the letter shape! See this great example from @busytoddler on Instagram.
2. Letter Magnets on the Fridge: The kitchen is a communal area for the family. To incorporate letter work, put a set of alphabet magnets on your refrigerator! If the entire alphabet is too messy, consider using just a few letters at a time, for example the letters in your child’s name as well as Mom or Dad. Speak with your child about the letters as you prep meals or wash dishes!
3. Word Search: Using a big piece of butcher paper, write your child’s name – plus a few other names like Mom or Dad – all over the paper. Give your child a marker or crayon and ask them to circle their name! For younger children, keep it simple by writing all names horizontally and perhaps with the same color. For older kids, give them a challenge by writing names vertically or at an angle as well as in different colors! Here’s a great photo from @busytoddler.
4. Letter Cards & Clothespin Matching: A simple (and inexpensive!) alphabet activity that also hones fine motor control involves clothespins and letter cards. Print or write each letter of the alphabet – your choice of lowercase or uppercase – on separate strips of paper. Then, use a permanent marker to write the letters on separate clothespins as well. Invite your child to find the matches and pin the clothespin to the corresponding letter card! If you want to take it one step further, try pinning the cards and letters on a string or clothesline like in this example.
5. ABC Scavenger Hunt: This is a great way to pass the time if you’re stuck inside! Start with two sets of alphabet cards – either printed or hand written. Again, it’s your choice of lowercase, uppercase or both. Lay the first set of cards neatly in order on the floor or table. Hide the second set of cards around the room. When you’re ready, ask your child to find the hidden cards and match them to the set already in order! You can choose to find all the hidden cards at once then match, or match as you go.
Incorporating letters and letter recognition activities at home doesn’t need to be stressful. Try the simple activities above and enjoy learning with your child!
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