Teaching our little ones their ABC’s can be a whole lot of fun… there are so many ways to learn while playing! Here are some great ideas to get you started…
- Magic letter learning (found at handsonaswegrow.com)
This is a great activity to do with kids that are familiar with a couple of letters already, perhaps the letters that make up there name, for example. All you need to do is use a white crayon, or an oil pastel if you have, and write your letters on a piece of white paper ahead of time. Give your child a paintbrush and a little colored water (let them pick the color, why not?) and let them go wild! Get them to tell you the names of the letters as they spot them if they can, and help them where they need help. (Another option with this activity is to write a few sight words that your little one knows on the paper and let them discover those as they paint.)
2. Chalk board tracing
This is great for teaching abc’s or shapes. Draw the letter or shape you want to teach your little one on the chalk board, then hand over a a large paintbrush or sponge brush dipped in water. Your little artist will have tons of fun going over the lines that you’ve drawn, and before you know it, they’ll have mastered their abc’s!
3. Letter tiles tower (found at stayathomeeducator.com)
This is a great way to pass some time, and any child that loves building blocks will love this activity. Check out the full post at http://stayathomeeducator.com/abc-letter-stack-game/#
4. Squirt the letters! (Found at handsonaswegrow.com)
A great water activity…whats not to love!?! All you need is a chalk board, some chalk and a squirt gun. Great fun! Write the alphabet on the chalkboard, then get your little one to squirt the letters as you call them out.
5. ABC under-the-cup surprise
This is another super easy activity. All you need is a couple of plastic cups, some labels, a marker to write the letters on each cup and something bright to hide under one of the cups. Start by showing your little one what you’re going to hide underneath one of the cups. You could really use anything, as long as it’s something fun that gets their attention. Have them to close their eyes as you hide the treasure underneath one of the cups. When you’re ready, tell them to open their eyes, and ask them to read a letter written on one of the cups, then look underneath it to see if it’s covering the object. Carry on playing until you finds the hidden treasure.
6. Fishing for letters
This is a wonderfully fun activity if you have a little bit of time to create the kit to start with… but then again, once it’s made, you’ll be able to have hours of fun with this. Get the full instructions here http://www.firstpalette.com/Craft_themes/Alphabet_and_Numbers/Fishing_for_Letters/Fishing_for_Letters.html
7. Kitchen towel tube and sticker abc match-up (found at Activity-Mom.com)
Next time the kitchen towel is done, hang onto the tube… it’s great for crafts! For this one, all you do is write the letters of the alphabet all over the tube. You’re also going to need a set of alphabet stickers, the kind you get at the dollar store or at your local pharmacy. Just get your little one to match up the sticker to the letter you have written on the tube, telling you the name of the letter as they go along. You could also do this with numbers, if you wanted to practice your 123’s.
8. Sidewalk letter pairs (found at handsonaswegrow.com)
This is a great activity especially if you have a long driveway or some paved outside space where you can let your chalk freak fly! Draw the uppercase letters down one side of the driveway and the lowercase letters down the other side of the driveway and get the kids to connect the pairs. They could use chalk to connect the pairs, or if its a nice warm day out, they could even use the hose!
9. Fridge magnet races
This works great if you have 2 or more kids, but you can make it work for ‘onlies’ too. All you need are those ‘abc’ magnets on your fridge (you can get them at most dollar stores) and your voice. Start by explaining to your little one(s) that you’re going to have a race. I mean, who doesn’t love a race!? Tell them to grab the letter ‘A’ off the fridge and bring to you.
10. Alphabet ball toss
This is another great outside activity for teaching your younger family members their abc’s. Everybody stands in a circle, and takes turns tossing the ball to each (for very young children i would suggest using a beach ball as it is much less likely to injure them accidentally). Let’s say you start with a grown up…You say a letter, for example ‘d’ then toss the ball to someone. Whoever gets the ball must say a word that starts with that letter, then they get to choose a letter and throw the ball to someone else. For older kids,why not pick topics, like types of animals or food.
So many fun ways to help your little one learn their ABC’s… I hope you found something to suit your needs.
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