As promised last Friday, I’m back this week with more fun alphabet learning ideas!
My son John LOVES cars, so when I came across this Alphabet Car Game through Pinterest, I knew I had to make it. I always give credit where credit is due, so this creative idea comes straight from the Little Family Fun blog. You simply make a stack of circles from construction paper (use a small cup to trace circles if you don’t have a large circle punch), and then write one letter on each circle. I made one set of capital letters and one set of lowercase letters, even though we are only using the capitals for now. Then create a simple car shape, also from construction paper, leaving enough room for the “wheels.” (The circles you created will be the wheels.) You can leave it at that, or you can add a road, a sun, some clouds, birds flying by, whatever strikes your fancy!
For the actual learning, there are several possibilities. You could have your child match capital and lowercase letters. You could make a letter sound and have then find the matching letter. Your child could randomly grab two circles and have to name the letter and its sounds as he places it on the car. For a beginning reader, you can take it step further and work on consonant digraphs like ph, ch, and th, or consonant blends like st, sp, tr, fl, etc. I really believe this is a game that can grow with your child from toddlerhood into preschool.
Another activity that caught my eye on Pinterest was a simple letter sorting activity from Totally Tots. You simply gather up all the letters you can find around your house or school (magnetic letters, flashcards, bathtub foam letters, Scrabble tiles, wooden alphabet puzzle pieces, letter stamps / stickers, etc.) and place them all in one bin or basket. When I do this with John, I only choose 3 or 4 letters at a time to work on. Next, you write each letter very large on a sheet of construction paper, and have your child sort through the bin to find all of the matching letters for each sheet of paper. This is a great way to reinforce that not all “A”s look exactly the same!
Now for one last learning strategy…I saved the easiest one for last! Just grab a paper plate, a marker, and a pair of scissors. Ready? Write each letter of the alphabet around the outside edge of the paper plate. Then cut in between each letter, so that each letter is now its own individual tab. Now its time to go on an alphabet hunt! You could take this to the grocery store, the park, through your own house, basically anywhere! Challenge your little one to be on the lookout for hiding letters, and each time he or she spots one and can name it, they get to fold down the tab for that letter. If they find all 26 letters, I think they deserve a prize for sure! Thanks to No Time for Flash Cards for this great idea!
There you have it…the ABCs, easy as 1-2-3! Speaking of 1-2-3…guess what I’ll be blogging about next week? Hope your Friday, and your upcoming week, are FUN!