This lesson has many extensions. This allows you make the activity
fit your child’s developmental age and readiness. Remember it is
important to go with your child’s
interest to make the most of any
educational activity at this age. Young learners have short attention
spans. When your child seems to lose interest, stop. You can always
start again later. Also, remember that with this or any activity geared
for toddlers, that mastery
is not the goal.
It is all about exposure.
Research shows that exposure
and repetition are how young
learners learn best.
You will be asking your child many questions that they may or may not
know the answers to. That is okay. You will provide the correct answer
and keep moving on. Think of it as planting a seed of knowledge in their
brains. One day, the seed will sprout because of the exposure and
repetition you will be providing your child.
You will find that you can start this activity very simple and then
get more complex over time as your child’s skills develop. This makes
this activity great because once you make your cards you can use them
over and over in the upcoming year. You can also invite older children
to get involved! I have written up the framework for this activity, but
let you imaginations go as build the activity
Letters, Letters Everywhere!
Skills-Letter Recognition, Letter
Sounds, Oral Language, Music
Materials- 10-20 Letter Cards for each letter of the
1. Place your letter cards all around your house in easy to spot
locations- on their bedroom door, the refrigerator door, the TV, by
their lunch, etc. Reserve one card to be used to show your child
what letter they are looking for today. You may want to start with
fewer cards if your child is younger.
You may even want to find locations that correspond with the
letter you are looking for on a particular day. IE-the letter
"B" cards can be found on the bed, a ball, baby bag, a
2. Next show your child the letter of the day. IE- Say this is
the letter "B". Point out the physical characteristics-
see how a "B" is flat on the back and has two bumps on the
front? Let your child trace the letter with their fingers. You may
want to trace one letter with glue. When it dries it creates a
wonderful tactile experience for your child. Cutting letters out of
sandpaper is another way to create tactile letters.
3. Now go on a letter hunt with your child through the house to
find the letters you have hidden. Each time you find a letter, check
to see if it matches with the card. Ask you child if the 2 letters
match. Do they both have a flat back and 2 bumps in the front? If
you put the letter "B" by the bed point out bed start with
the letter "B"
4. Then sing this song:
Song-sung to Mary Had A Little Lamb
is the letter B, letter B, letter B.
is the letter B
we know how it makes it sound.
it says b. b, b,
it says b. b, b,
It is the letter B.
As you sing this song, point to letters on your card. Encourage your child
to point and feel.
5. When all the letters have been found, lay them in
a row. Count how many letters you have found. For older children,
you can collect the data from each day’s letter hunt and create a
simple graph. Simply vary the number of card you hide each day and
then make a very simple graph. You can work on things like which row
has more letters? Which has less? Are there more A’s on our graph
or B’s? The questions you can come with are endless, just match
them to your child’s age and interest. Involve older family
Making Letter Cards
I used my computer to make my letters. I did them in font
size 200. I also printed them out on cardstock to make the card more
durable for repetitive use. It was a quick and easy way to create the
letter cards. If you can get them laminated, that will extend their life
Here are some other tricks…
~add numbers on the back of the cards. You can then add number
recognition skills and number sequencing skills.
~print the letters in different colors and then compare how
many orange letters you found to the number of red letters you
Another trick-You can hide the same letter for 7 days.
Each day record how many letters you found on a large chart. I created a
chart by writing the seven days of the week across the top to create 7
sections. They each day we would record the number of letters we found on
that day. I would write the number and then my child would use a bingo
stamper to stamp the number of dots to correspond with the number I wrote.
Then we would look at our chart and interpret it. How many days in a week?
How many letters did we find on Monday? Look we found more letters on
Tuesday than on Monday. Etc… This extension is great because it works on
days of the week, number recognition, counting and comparisons.
Get started or follow-up by reading some great ABC books
or make one of your own.
Remember the possibilities are endless.