Is your kiddo starting to show interest in letters? Are they trying their hardest to sing along to the ABC song or to chat with Elmo about letters on Sesame Street? How about books…are they exciting to your tot? The best way to start a lesson with your child is to let them direct it… so, if you can answer yes to any one of these questions then the time has come to introduce the alphabet. And for that, you’re in the right place – we’ve got 25 ways to teach the letters A-E to your kiddo through fun, play, and art!
Alphabet Book A: For each letter we will pick a food and transform our letters into that! Today’s pick? Apple!
Practicing with Play Doh: Take some alphabet letters and stamp them into playdoh, practice making letters, create “A” objects; the possibilities are endless!
Felt Board: We’ve covered a lot of ground on our felt boards so instead of making anything new we picked out a few of our favorite “A” things and talked about them. To kick it up a notch we also wrote down the object names and identified all the big and little As!
Alphabet books: We love My First Touch and Trace ABC, Dr. Seuss’ ABC, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!
Alphabet Bucket: Last but not least, we collected all the As we could find and put them all in a play bucket so there was a constant reminder of the letter!
Alphabet Book B: Today’s pick? Broccoli!
Felt Board: We picked out a few of our favorite “B” things from our collection of felt objects and talked about them. To kick it up a notch we also wrote down the object names and identified all the big and little Bs! There were a ton!
Assortment of Bs: I gathered as many B letters and objects as I could and placed them on the table for a constant reminder of today’s letter! Every time my toddler picked one up he stated that it was a B. How cute!
Balloon Paint B: Grab a slightly inflated balloon, dip it in paint, and go to town! We actually drew a B and tried to color it in with this technique…but any time a child can get a little messy with something new, they’ll take it – let your imagination run wild!
Beans in the Bucket: All you have to do for this activity is fill a box with dried beans (Do you know how cheap these are? Awesome.), throw in some Bs, hand your kiddo a scoop of some sort and encourage them to scoop the beans into the bucket. Not only is this a great way to reiterate the Bs but it’s also such a good hand eye-coordination activity!
Alphabet Book C: Today’s pick? A Chocolate Chip Cookie!
Cotton ball C: I tied a cotton ball to the end of a paintbrush stick and we used it to dab/paint in between the lines of a C shape. If paints not your thing, try encouraging your little one to actually glue each cotton ball in between the lines.
Felt Board: We picked out a few of our favorite “C” things from our collection of felt objects and talked about them. To kick it up a notch we also wrote down the object names and identified all the big and little Cs within the words!
Our favorite books today were Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, A Day With Chickens, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
For an extra bonus, bake cookie shapes Cs with your little!
Alphabet Book D: Today’s pick? The ever so delicious donut.
Felt Board: We picked out a few of our favorite “D” things from our collection of felt objects and talked about them. To kick it up a notch we also wrote down the object names and identified all the big and little Ds within the words! For the rest of the day we talked about Ds we see on our daily lives like diapers, dogs, and dishes!
Dotted D: I found some super cheap round brush sponges at the store that we used to dab some dots in our letter D! Art is always a fun way for kids to learn! 🙂
Writing: My 2-year-old is interested in coloring and writing but quite frankly just too young to clearly make pictures or letters. To challenge him a bit we practiced our lowercase Ds by drawing a circle and a line. Did he get it by himself? No, but he absolutely loved the process and felt like such a big boy! Encouragement is key at this stage!
Stamp with E: Build an E with your toddler from Legos, rub some paint on the circular tips, and allow them to stamp like crazy!
Eat Eggs: We made the world’s largest omelette (practically) and it was awesome. Along the way we talked about eggs, where they came from, and of course the letter that they started with!
Elmo Craft: This was an absolute favorite activity this week – why do toddlers have such an obsession with Elmo? Haha! Just have your little one paint a paper plate red and a large Pom-Pom orange. Let dry. Then cut the plate into a lowercase E, glue on the nose and some handmade (or googly) eyes, let dry. Your E day cannot be beat with this craft!
Felt Board: We picked out a few of our favorite “E” things from our collection of felt objects and talked about them. To kick it up a notch we also wrote down the object names and identified all the big and little Es within the words! I was surprised at the amount of Es in words… It amazed me to see how often it was the only vowel – evergreen, emergency, etc.
Alphabet Book E: Today’s pick? Eggs! We made a carton of eggs with our largest circular sponge brush and our E happened to work out perfectly in fitting exactly one dozen eggs. This is a great activity to teach your little ones to stay between the lines and dot (not drag) their paintbrushes.
E Blocks: Legos will be such a great attribute over the next few weeks. They’re awesome in teaching your kids how to “build” letters and the older ones will find it complicated to make an E that is level and flat on the top side. Who knew Legos would be so useful to the alphabet?
Each week we pick up on a handful of letters but don’t be discouraged if it takes your little one a couple of days per letter. It is important not to overwhelm them with all of this new knowledge – after all, learning should be fun! If you are finding that the alphabet letters aren’t quite sticking, try teaching them something from our other lessons: Colors, Animals, Sea Creatures, Seasons, and more!