If you are a regular follower of this blog you have probably noticed that my main goal is to spend little to no money while maximizing the fun (in learning). We can accomplish everything that the extensive programs, elite daycares, and live-in nannies can accomplish but on way less money and hardly any time. If you can play a part in your child’s education, why wouldn’t you? This week we work on teaching our second round of alphabet letters and after last week’s HUGE hit, I can’t help but think you’ll see your toddler thrive as he/she learns F-J. Check out what we have planned below!
Alphabet Book F: Today’s pick? French Fries!
Goo Bag: This is like a scavenger hunt in goo (or paint)! First – tape a foam letter to your table, then fill a ziploc bag with some colored gel or paint, finally tape the goo filled bag to the table on top of your letter. Give your toddler a tool – it could be their fingers, a popsicle stick, or a rubber spatula and allow them to slowly but surely discover the hidden letter underneath. A bonus for using paint is that you can use a couple of colors in one bag (think blue and yellow) to create an entirely new color!
Go Fishing: Whats a better activity for the letter F than to go fishing? Fill a small bucket with some water, toss in a few Fs – some of which should have magnets on the back – and give your toddler a “fishing pole” with a paperclip on the end. They will certainly find their own concentration while trying to catch the magnetic letters and if they don’t catch any, I can assure you that they’ll have fun in the water along the way!
Felt Board: We picked out a few of our favorite “f” 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 of the big and little Fs! Think of objects like fish, frogs, foxes, fire, flowers, feathers, fire trucks, fruit, etc.
Books Galore: We spent lots of time reading some of our favorite “G” titles today! Green Eggs and Ham, Goodnight Moon, The Garden, Goodnight Goon, and Goodnight Gorilla were just a few of them. P.S. Who knew there were so many “Goodnight” books?
Digging for Gs: Got some extra Easter grass or some grass you can clip from the lawn? Then toss it in a bucket with as many alphabet Gs as you can find. Have your little one hunt for the Gs and verbally say “G” each time one is found! If you don’t have any grass laying around, head to the dollar store where they have lots of fake grass in their party section for of course, $1.
Alphabet Book G: Today’s pick? Grapes!
Felt Board: We picked out a few of our favorite “G” 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 of the big and little Gs!
Make “Goodies”: We made chocolate chip cookies for the letter C and cut one apart to create the letter G. If you are a little more prepared than I am, feel free to use a cookie cutter or hand create your own goodies in the shape of a G – then let us know about your experience in the comments below! 🙂
Alphabet Book H: Today’s pick? Hamburgers!
Heart H: I hand stenciled out an H and then found some heart stickers on sale at Hobby Lobby. With little to no assistance, my toddler was able to peel the stickers and successfully place them within the lines of the H! We were able to continually talk about the hearts and the letter which made for a fantastic (and fun) lesson.
Hand H: For this activity, we used some tape to map out an H on a piece of paper. From there we painted G’s hands and had him stamp or finger paint with them. Once it all dried we peeled off the tape and revealed the “hidden” letter! In the end, we didn’t physically see many hand-prints (because it became more of smear project) but the idea behind it remained the same and G was able to understand that we used our hands to paint an awesome looking H.
Felt Board: We picked out a few of our favorite “H” 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 of the big and little Hs!
Alphabet Book I: Today’s pick? Ice Cream with a cherry thumbprint!
Color Resist: Such a simple an adorable craft. Just take some painters tape and mark out the letter I on a sheet of paper then have your toddler paint! When you’re all done and everything has dried, peel the tape away to reveal the letter of the day – for a different take on this project try using a white crayon (or white liquid glue) to draw your letter and then watercolor on top of it! The resist technique is awesome.
Felt Board: We picked out a few of our favorite “I” 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 of the big and little Is!
Indulge in Ice Cream or Icicles! We totally made a day of icy treats – ice cream? Check. Icepops? Double Check. Let loose a little and let your toddler indulge…heck, join them. You deserve it, mama!
Felt Board: We picked out a few of our favorite “J” 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 of the big and little Js!
What Doesn’t Fit?: I gave my toddler an assortment of the same letter (Q, for example) and threw a J in the mix. It was up to him to identify which letter didn’t fit. In this case it was our letter of the day, J!
Alphabet Book J: Today’s pick? Jalapeno! (I know, I know – it’s spelled wrong in the picture – but it’s not technically an English word so cut me a break, mamas! Yikes – how embarrassing..)
Jumping J’s: Draw a few J’s on the sidewalk and have your toddler jump from one to the next.. sort of like hopscotch but way less confusing. Be sure to alternate between upper and lowercase letters and encourage your toddler to say “J”…this can be a tough letter to enunciate so be sure to give them credit them for any effort – even if it’s hard to recognize!
There you have it! I told you it would be easy, fun, and fairly inexpensive.
What types of learning tools have you used to help your child learn the alphabet? Do you have a rock-star kiddo that knew all of his letters before two? We’d love to know what you did to teach them and perhaps will give you a shout out in a future blog post!
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