Alphabet Activities and Games to Learn Letters and Sound Recognition
Many alphabet activities can be created at home to teach children ABC. Most of us may have flipped alphabet flashcards to get children to remember their ABC. Instead of memorizing through flashcards, active learning through “doing” and “involvement” of children can yield better result. All we need are creative teaching ideas to make learning fun and easy for them.
Turn Meal Time into Alphabet Activities
We can turn eating time into learning time. Get them to find or sort out the letters while having their alphabet soup or cookies. My kids simply love it.
For some mom who is keen in baking, make some ABC cookies with the help of the children. While those who are not into baking, try using homemade play dough.
Paint, Draw and Create ABC Craft
Craft activities offer many opportunities for preschoolers to learn letter recognition too. Some simple craft they can do:
Make your own Alphabet Book
Make your own ABC book instead of buying one. Make a collection of all the alphabet painting or drawing done by your child and bind it into a book.
Cut out some alphabet letters from newspapers, magazines or print them yourself. Let your child paste it on card stock paper. Include some pictures related to the alphabet to widen your child learning.
Your child will be delighted to have an ABC book she made her own.
Sing ABC Song
While learning to recognize letters, let’s not forget the sound too. Sing and rhyme ABC song with your child. In a matter of time, your child will be able to sing along with you.
Match Capital and Small Letter
Make your own alphabet using card stock paper with alphabet printables if you are unable to find fonts which fit your needs. Have two sets of the alphabet letter; one for capital and one for small letters. Cover all the cards. Take turn to flip it over a set at a time. Cover it back if the two cards’ letters do not match. Keep the set of cards if it matches.
Use simple fonts when teaching preschoolers to recognize alphabet letters. If possible, keep the fonts consistent as well.
Never assume kids were taught everything in school.Do remember to train your child to recognize capital and small letter. I did not realize my boy was unable to recognize capital letters until I played this matching game with him.
Alphabet Theme Game
You can play this game when traveling in a car. This game serves to link alphabet to word. Good start to learn to spell words.
Select a theme. For example "fruits". Start with the letter "a" is for "apple", "b" is for "banana", "c" for "cherry" and continue with all the letters.
Take turn between you and the child or the kids if there are many children around.
Other ABC Ideas