There are many ways in which children can have fun learning their letters. Below are some of the ways in which I have found that children enjoy this process. If you have any other ideas that have worked for you please share them here.
- Use magnetic or felt letters or alphabet cards to sequence and match letters.
- Put plastic letters in a feel bag or box and let children guess shat letter they are feeling.
- Paint letters on an easel
- Finger paint letters
- Glue beans, noodles, cloth, cotton balls, miniature marshmallows, rice, or paper to make mosaics in the shape of letters.
- Build letters with Play dough, pretzel or bread dough
- Use letter stamps to sequence the alphabet or words
- Air write letters. Use a dowel with colorful streamers attached
- Water paint letters on the blackboard
- Make letters with pipe cleaners
- Play alphabet bingo
- Play mystery writing: take the child’s hand and write a letter with his/her hand while their eyes are closed. Have them guess what letter it is.
- Cut out letters with scissors (great for building the muscles needed for writing)
- Provide wooden, cardboard, or paper shapes to build alphabet letters
- Use scrabble tiles to match letters
- Sort letters
- Play “go fish” with alphabet cards
- Fish for letters using a homemade fishing pole with a magnet hanging on a string. Letter cards can have paperclips placed on them
- Make alphabet cards and cut them in half; have child match them.
- Have child match upper and lowercase letters.
- Find letters in magazines, books, on cereal boxes and other household items.
- Sponge paint letters
- Play “I Spy” with letters. For example, “I see the letter x hiding on this page.” Then have the child find the letter
Write letters with your finger in the following items:
- Pudding (dry or prepared)
- Foam soap
- Shaving cream
- Bird seed
- Colored sand
Use masking tape or rope to make letters on the floor and have your child:
- Trace letters with their feet
- Walk or crawl on them following the path of the letter
- Drive toy cars on them
- Follow the shape of the letter by “painting” with a paint roller (free of paint of course!)
- Roll them out with rolling pins
- Hop or jump along the letter lines
Make alphabet cards for matching (visually or by touch) and tracing with:
- Colored glue
- Yarn & glue
- Dry Jello & glue
- Puff paint
- Glue with sand, cornmeal, etc.
Write letters on:
- Dry-erase boards
- Paper with sandpaper under it