Alphabet Activities

 

 

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 & Counting

Materials- 10-20 Letter Cards for each letter of the alphabet*

Directions-

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 banana, etc…

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:

Letter Song-sung to Mary Had A Little Lamb

This is the letter B, letter B, letter B.

This is the letter B

and we know how it makes it sound.

When it says b. b, b,

b, b, b

When 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 members too!

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 too.

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 found.

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.

 

 

 

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