20+ Activities to Start Learning Letters

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To continue on our quest to reading, we’re continuing on reviewing (for Henry) and learning letters (for George) right now. They have to know them before reading, right?

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The very first step is to recognize letters. But, I can even put this into three categories:

  1. Simply introducing letters to the child. Maybe telling them what one is here and there. But that’s it. Just having the letters available is the first step.
  2. Matching letters. Maybe they don’t know what the letter is yet, but they can see that they’re different and match up one letter to the same one in another place.
  3. Knowing their letters. I think this is the advanced step for recognizing letters and it comes in stages. I’ve noticed that my kids usually find a few letters that they recognize right off the bat, but the others come along later, sometimes much later.

The beginning of learning their letters…

For the beginning stages of learning letters, I’m focusing entirely on numbers 1 and 2 with George. Number 3 will come in time and we’ll get to that when we do. Right now… We’re making sure letters are available to him and we use them in many of our activities, whether we’re really learning them or not. They’re there. He often asks me what it is, and this is my time to share with him and teach him. Otherwise I don’t try to push the letters. Its just time to show him that there are letters and that each letter is different.

We’ve done this in several of our learning activities already, but we’ll be doing more all summer long. I’ve collected some of the activities we’ve done along with a few others I’ve found that I want to try out to help George learn his letters.

20+ activities for beginner letter learning

20 letter learning activities for kids just beginning to learn their letters.

The very beginning. Focusing on introducing letters and matching up letters.

Squirt the Letter ABC Block Learning Game
Squirt the Letter Letter Learning Mat Game
Building with Letter Blocks Magic Letters
Building with Letter Blocks Magic Letters
Candy Letter Matching Alphabet Letter Maze
Candy Letter Matching Alphabet Letter Maze
Alphabet Ball Letters in Fizzy Sidewalk Paint
Alphabet Ball Letters in Fizzy Sidewalk Paint
String Scavenger Hunt with Letters Fish for Letters
String Scavenger Hunt with Letters Fish for Letters
Submitted here by Cassie Paige
Alphabet Soup to Learn Letters Letter Pounding
Alphabet Soup
Playdough to Plato
Letter Pounding
I Can Teach My Child
Letters Bean Bag Toss Learning Letters on the Go
Letters Bean Bag Toss Learning Letters on the Go
No Time for Flash Cards
Alphabet Car Racing Alphabet Bear Game
Alphabet Car Racing
Toddler Approved
Alphabet Bear Game
Fantastic Fun & Learning
Letter Delivery Letter Matching Race
Letter Delivery
Growing Book by Book
Letter Matching Race
Inspiration Laboratories
Letter Matching on Tape 50 more ways to Learn the ABCs
Letter Matching on Tape
Tons of Fun!
50 more ways to Learn the ABCs


Learning letters, here we come!

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  1. says

    I always enjoy your activities, but I think the the letter pounding in particular is a stroke of sheer brilliance! I’ve used it with sight words (ie pound the peg into the sight word) since seeing your original post and the glee on my son’s face as he hammers is always hilarious.

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