How have your first couple of weeks gone with our alphabet series? This week we work on our third round of letters and after the progress I’ve seen in my toddler recently, I can’t help but think your kiddo will benefit from these cheap, easy, and fun lessons too! We have a TON of successful activities planned for the letters K-O. So much that it’s about to be an alphabet Knock Out (get it? K-O – Knock Out!)
Alphabet Book K: Today’s pick? Kiwi!
Felt Board: We picked out a few of our favorite “K” 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 Ks. And because my kiddo has been showing a real interest in identifying letters within words, he helped me to underline all of today’s Ks and got even more involved than before.
Painting with Keys: I’m sure that somewhere you have an old key or even a key currently being used that you can briefly spare for this project. All you need to do for prep is draw a block letter K, hot glue the key to a blunt stick (like an unused pencil), and get out some paints. Ask your toddler to stamp inside the letter and leave the rest up to him!
Kool-Aid Art: mix a few tablespoons of water in with a packet of Kool-Aid and have your toddler use different tools to paint on paper. This is totally taste safe and it smells great – plus it creates some really neat watercolor effects! Note that for deeper hues you’ll want to use more Kool-Aid and less water, lighter hues will need more water and less Kool-Aid, and lastly, no sugar needs to be added.
Kiss Activity: My favorite K word ever is probably kiss. Who doesn’t love that sign of affection from their kids? In this activity we put on lipstick and kissed a K! Yes, my toddler is a boy and according to most people probably shouldn’t be wearing lipstick but come on people – he’s two, it’s fun, and it introduces a new way to be artsy..If doing this with a little boy really bothers you, make a fist and put lipstick on the pinky side of it (where your first forms a coil and stamp away)!
Alphabet Book L: Today’s pick? Limes!
Felt Board: We picked out a few of our favorite “L” 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 Ls!
Lego Building: To start this two-part activity ask your kiddo to make an L out of Legos! You’ll most likely need to help them reconstruct their designs as to have all the L laying on one flat surface and not a layer above or below one another. Keep in mind that as long as they’re trying, they’re learning!
Lego Stamping: The next step is to paint with your Legos! For the letter L you will actually need to build your Legos backwards so that when you stamp the L is in the correct direction. I brushed the paint on and let my kiddo go to town but you can certainly dip your Lego in the paint if you’d like! Once we got a few nice Ls completed, I traced them with a marker and allowed him to really get crazy with stamping on a new sheet! Pretty cool!
Marshmallow M: How easy is this? Just create a block letter M on paper and throw some glue down. Then ask your toddler to paste down some marshmallows! Just be sure to monitor them so that they don’t dip the edible in the glue and eat it (yes, that happened..)!
Macaroni M: Take the above activity and modify it for macaroni noodles! We also switched from uppercase to lowercase just to practice recognition of both letters.
Alphabet Book M: Today’s pick? Macaroni and Cheese!
Felt Board: We picked out a few of our favorite “M” 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 Ms. Oh, and the underlining continues…
Favorite Reads: Try and incorporate some of your favorite “M” books today. Our pick? If You Give A Moose A Muffin.
Newspaper N: I just simply took a block letter N that I had drawn, some newspaper, and some glue for this project. I asked my toddler to shred the newspaper into small chunks and then help me squeeze glue onto the block letter. Once this was done my kiddo simply pasted the newspaper and watched his new letter N come to life!
Alphabet Book N: Today’s pick? Noodles!
Number N: The first part of this activity is for an older child or parents – please cut numbers out of magazines, grocery ads, or newspapers for your toddler to use in the next step. Next, squirt a healthy amount of glue on your N and ask your toddler to help place the numbers in the glue. At two they should be eagerly placing the numbers but if they are more about the slide-the-number technique or whatever be sure to encourage them and guide them along the way. If you have a moment in between dinner and work, recite numbers with them as well!
Felt Board: We picked out a few of our favorite “N” 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 Ns. Make them underline, circle, or cross out the letter of the day if they show interest mom/dad! No better way to learn than hands on fun!
Needle and Thread N: After cutting out an N from construction paper I took a hole punch and created a punched border around the edges. Then I took a straw and wrapped some ribbon around the end – this created our fake needle. With a little teaching, my toddler had the whole sewing gig down in no time! I assisted by holding the paper N so that he could more easily poke the straw through it. Check out how sweet this activity was!
Alphabet Book O: Today’s pick? Orange!
Practicing “O”: Because drawing a circle is a pretty easy task, I figured that my toddler and I would be able to work together to create some Os. I drew a few that he tried to trace and I assisted him in drawing others – we had lots of fun with this super simple activity!
Felt Board: We picked out a few of our favorite “O” 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 Os
Cheerio O: This will be just like we did with the Marshmallow and Macaroni M but with O! Draw a block letter O, put down some glue, and give your toddler some Cheerios to glue in between the lines. Again, be sure to keep a watchful eye out to prevent any snacking of glue covered Cheerios.
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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