I’m thrilled to share a guest post with you full of easy ideas to teach your child the alphabet. Annabelle from Wunderlabel is stopping by to share how she teaches the ABCs. I’m loving these low-prep ABC learning activities. Learning the alphabet can be so much fun!
For a preschooler, the first exposure to learning can be a bit overwhelming. It pays to incorporate fun activities into learning to help your preschooler stay on track and enjoy what they are doing.
Here are a few different alphabet learning activities to try either at home or in the classroom with your preschooler:
Singing the ABC’s
This is the most basic learning activity but it should be the foundation for your alphabet learning process. Before you start any other alphabet learning activity, start by teaching your preschooler the alphabet song. This is such a handy way for them to remember the order the letters go in, and it will stick with them for life!
Fun with Alphabet Stickers
I don’t know about your kids, but when my kids were preschoolers, they absolutely loved stickers! We used them for everything – from keeping up with our chores to rewarding good behavior. So, of course, I quickly incorporated them into learning the alphabet, too. I gave my kids a pack of alphabet stickers and a blank piece of paper, and then we would do a variety of exercises. They chose a sticker and said the letter aloud as they placed it on the paper. Then, they wrote it on the paper over and over a few times. We also used alphabet stickers to learn how to spell their names!
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Bean Bag Toss
This is a fun way to get your child moving and learning at the same time! Grab a few empty buckets. Use a marker to label each bucket with a letter on the outside. Next, have your child stand a few feet away from the buckets with a bean bag. As you call out a letter, have your child throw the beanbag into the correct bucket.
Of course, it’s important to teach children not only to say the letters, but write the alphabets as well. If it is a warm day, grab some sidewalk chalk and use it to write out different letters on the sidewalk. You could write the letter first and have them trace it in another color. Or your child could re-write the letter again next to yours.
Homemade Letter Sponges
There is nothing more fun than incorporating art with learning! Grab a package of cheap sponges and cut each one into a letter shape. Next, have your child dip it in paint and place it on a piece of paper. Then, have them identify which letter they just placed on the paper.
Bake the Alphabet
Learning is always more fun when a sweet treat is involved. Grab a few alphabet shaped cookie cutters and some sugar cookie dough and spend the afternoon baking the alphabet. You could even play the alphabet song while you bake to practice.
Once your child learn the letters in the alphabet, it is time to start figuring out which words use that letter. Put the alphabet in a hat – you can just write each letter on a slip of paper – then draw a letter and send your child to find a toy that starts with the letter you drew out of the bag.
Teaching your child the alphabet couldn’t be any more simple! Making learning fun – and sometimes tasty! – is a way to make learning the alphabet much easier for your preschooler.
What is your favorite activity to help your preschooler learn the alphabet? Share your ideas with us in the comments.