Dig into early literacy skills for your toddler or preschoolers with 20+ cool hands-on activities to start learning letters together!
We’re on a quest to start reading, so we’re continuing with reviewing and learning letters right now through games and play.
They have to know their ABCs before full-on reading, right?
But alphabet worksheets can get, well, a little stale and boring.
So I found a whole bunch of awesome activities and creative ideas to work on learning letters!
20+ Activities to Start Learning Letters for Kids
How Do You Teach Alphabet Knowledge?
The very first step to help a toddler learn literacy is to recognize letters. But, I can even break this down into three categories:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Introducing & Matching Letters with Toddlers
For the beginning stages of learning letters, I’m focusing entirely on numbers 1 and 2 in activities 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.
He often asks me what the letters are. This is my time to share with him and teach him.
Otherwise I don’t try to push the alphabet. 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 ABCs activities we’ve done along with a few others I’ve found that I want to try out to help George learn his letters.
The very beginning of teaching literacy. Focusing on introducing letters and matching up letters.
20+ Favorite Activities to Work on Learning Letters
Learning letters, here we come!