35 Hands-On Alphabet Activities for Toddlers

Looking for some fun ways to teach the alphabet to your toddler?

 

These simple and fun alphabet activities are sure to be a hit with your kids.

 

Let’s start with my 35 Hands-On Alphabet Activities For Toddlers!

 


Activity #1: Alphabet Ice Painting

 

Ice painting is one of my favorite activities to do with the kids when it’s hot!

 

The alphabet ice mold we have is PERFECT for getting some learning in while playing and creating.

 

alphabet painting

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

alphabet ice mold

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B. Set-up

 

Put water inside the alphabet mold and place it inside the freezer overnight!

 

C. Activity

 

Pop the ice letters out and place them in a sensory bin.

 

Grab some washable paint and put it in an art tray!

 

Let the kids have fun painting the ice. They should talk about which letter they are painting to go over alphabet recognition.

 

See if they can find the letters of their name, create words or go over letter sounds for older children!

 

 

RELATED: Summer Crafts and Activities for Kids

 


Activity #2: Letter Collages

 

I love letter collages! They are a great way for kids to practice and learn the letters of the alphabet.

 

It helps them connect an object with a letter, which also helps build beginning sound skills!

 

letter collage

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

tissue paper squares

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B. Set-up

 

Make a bubble letter d on a piece of white cardstock paper with a marker.

 

Have your little one start scrunching up pieces of green tissue paper!

 

C. Activity

 

Put glue ALL over the letter d. They will be filling up the entire letter with scrunched tissue paper.

 

Start placing the scrunched-up tissue paper balls onto the letter.

 

Create spikes out of orange cardstock paper and glue them on the curve of the d.

 

Lastly, make a head shape using green cardstock paper and add a googly eye to finish your letter craft.

 

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Activity #3: Do-A-Dot Letters

 

Who doesn’t love mess-free art?! Do-A-Dot paint markers pretty mess-free as long as your little one doesn’t wipe them all over their hand, wishful thinking, right?!

 

This printable is a perfect way to let you know if your little one can differentiate between upper and lower case letters! 

 

letter N dot the letter

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

  • A-Z Letter Do-A-Dot Sheets
  • Do-A-Dot markers

 

A-Z Letter Do-A-Dot Printable

 

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B. Set-up

 

Print off the pages and get the paint markers ready!

 

C. Activity

 

Your little ones will use the paint markers to place specific colored dots on the upper case letter and lower case letters! This is a wonderful way to also work on color-coding skills!

 

If you don’t have do-a-dot markers, you can use crayons to do this activity as well!

 

RELATED: Interactive Alphabet Printables

 


Activity #4: Alphabet Garden

 

Flowers are beautiful all year long! This is a wonderful way to practice alphabetical order!

 

Plus, it’s a recycle and play activity, which is one of my favorites to put together.

 

alphabet flowers

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

colored popsicle sticks

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Click HERE to grab your FREE Flower Letters.

 

B. Set-up

 

Cut off the middle of pieces of the egg carton. Then, flip it over and make slices at the bottom of each egg holder. Then, paint the entire container green.

 

Hot glue the letter printables to a green popsicle stick!

 

C. Activity

 

The kids will place the alphabet flower sticks into the egg carton in alphabetical order! Practice letter recognition skills and fine motor skills with this activity.

 

Letters A-Z are available in the FREE download!

 

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Activity #5: Play-Doh Letter Building

 

Whenever I pull out the Play-Doh, the kids play for it for at least a half-hour. You know, that’s kind of a big deal, right? Most of the time, it’s longer than that, but at least a half-hour!

 

Since Play-Doh is so engaging for kids, it makes for a wonderful learning activity!

 

play doh letters

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

Click HERE to grab your Letter Play-Doh Mats! (Upper and Lower case letter included)

 

 

Play doh

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B. Set-up

 

Print off the letters that you want to work on! Then, place them inside a dry-erase folder for your little ones to build on. This way, it won’t get the sheet dirty, and you can save and redo it repeatedly.

 

C. Activity

 

Your little ones should roll and create the letters using Play-Doh. You can have them match the colors that are on the sheet, or you can use whatever color you’d like. They should try to create the letter by following the lines!

 

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Activity #6: Sponge Painting Alphabet

 

Sponge painting is fun for the kids to work with, and the prints always turn out so pretty!

 

The kids will love this art, the alphabet activity. It’s a simple setup, and it’s a great way to review letters.

 

sponge painting

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

easel paper

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B. Set-up

 

On a piece of easel paper, create big bubble letters using a marker.

 

Cut some sponges up in a few strips!

 

C. Activity

 

Have the kids dip the sponges into the paint and start to fill in each letter! They should tell you which letter they are working on!

 

The kids will try to fill in as much of the letter as they can. You can even work on color mixing for this activity to extend learning! 

 

RELATED: How to Teach Toddlers Colors

 


Activity #7: Magnet Block Letter Match

 

Magnet blocks are the BEST open-ended toy out there! These blocks are my kid’s favorite toy. The possibilities to play and learn with these blocks are endless.

 

Open-ended toys are toys that kids can create, play and pretend with in different ways each time they play. That’s why we love them so much because they are the toys we get the most use out of.

 

magnet block alphabet match

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

 

magnatiles

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B. Set-up

 

Using a chalk marker, write upper and lower case letters on the blocks (don’t worry, it comes off).

 

C. Activity

 

Separate the upper and lower case letters.

 

Have your child identify a letter on the block and match it with the correct upper or lower case letter!

 

To extend this activity, have them line the blocks up in alphabetical order!

 

 

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Activity #8: Baking Sheet Letters

 

Have you ever used a baking sheet for a learning activity? Once you try it, you’ll want to find other ways to use it!

 

I love finding ways to use home supplies to do activities with the kids. It’s always so much easier to grab what you have at home instead of going out to the stores.

 

baking sheet letter match

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

magnet letters

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B. Set-up

 

Cut the letter bulletin border up in individual letters. If you don’t have this border, you can use paper and a marker to create the letters.

 

Tape them on the baking sheet.

 

C. Activity

 

Have the kids use the magnetic letters to match up correct letters up together!

 

You can have this be a upper to lower case letter match or the same type of letter.

 

Make sure to check for understanding by asking what each letter is.

 


Activity #9: Alphabet Bubble Foam

 

Bubble foam is super easy to make, and it is a great sensory activity to do with the kids!

 

The kids loved scooping out the letters! This was a really engaging way to practice letter recognition.

 

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

sensory bins

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B. Set-up

 

In a blender, add 2 tablespoons of dish soap, 2/3 cup of water, and a few drops of food coloring!

 

Blend on medium and dump into a sensory bin. Repeat this step for each of the colors you want to use.

 

C. Activity

 

Have the kids use scoops or just play with their hands in the bubbles! They will grab/scoop letters and identify them!

 

They can search for specific letters that you ask for, or they can just find them and tell you what they are.

 

Play with the bubble foam after! You can even add some of their other favorite toys inside.

 

RELATED: The BEST Sensory Bins for Kids

 


Activity #10: Find and Cover Letters

 

A great manipulative to use for hands-on learning activities is counting cubes! There are so many ways these can be used.

 

One of the ways I love to use them is by doing a Find and Cover activity! This is an activity that focuses on one letter at a time. It also focuses on both the upper and lower case letter.

 

find and cover letters

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

  • Find and Cover printable
  • counting cubes

 

Click HERE for your Find had Cover Letter Printables.

 

counting cubes

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B. Set-up

Print off the letter M and any other letter you want to work on with your little one.

 

C. Activity

 

Have your child identify the letter. Then, have them tell you which one is upper case and which one is lower case. Explain to them what a key means. Show them that they are to look at the key to see what color represents the upper and lower case letters.

 

They should place that colored counting cube on the correct letters!

 

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Activity #11: Alphabet Sensory Bag

 

This activity isn’t specific to the letter J; it’s for all the letters of the alphabet! This is a play-based learning strategy that kids love.

 

Sensory bags are a HUGE hit! The best thing about them is, they are MESS FREE! I always appreciate a mess-free activity.

 

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

on the go letters and numbers

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B. Set-up

 

Write the letters of the alphabet you want to review on the bag with Sharpie. Then, dump 1 bottle of hair gel into the plastic bag. Also, dump the letters you wrote on the front into the bag.

 

C. Activity

 

Have the kids scoot the letters to the right letter on the bag to match them up! Then, have them identify each of the letters when they are moving them!

 

This is a wonderful sensory activity, fine motor, and letter recognition activity!

 

RELATED: How to Teach Toddlers the Alphabet

 


Activity #12: Secret Letters

 

Kids love the element of surprise! Who doesn’t? I still do!

 

Secret letter activities are really engaging for kids because they can’t see the letters on the paper, so when they paint over the piece of paper, they will see letters magically pop up!

 

secret letters letter d

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

B. Set-up

 

On white cardstock, use a white crayon to write the letter D all over the paper. Again, you can do upper and lower case or just focus on one.

C. Activity

 

Your kiddo will use watercolors to paint all over the paper. Then, they will see the letters start to pop up! If you mixed upper and lower case letters, make sure to ask them which kind they found.

 

When you are all done, ask them how many they found! Also, you can talk about the colors that they used for color recognition.

 

RELATED: How to Teach your Toddler Colors

 


Activity #13: Alphabet Block Match-Up

 

This activity isn’t specific to the letter H; it’s for all the letters of the alphabet! This is a play-based learning strategy that kids love.

 

These Mega Bloks are the perfect blocks for this activity. They are large enough to write the letters on and for the kids to stack.

 

alphabet block match up

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

mega bloks

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B. Set-up

 

Cut a label in half and write the upper and lower case letters on them. Then, place them on the blocks.

 

C. Activity

 

The kids will stack the correct upper and lower case blocks together! You can give them three blocks to choose from to work on differentiation skills.

 

RELATED: How to Teach Toddlers the Alphabet

 


Activity #14: Letter Sprinkle Sweep

 

When are sprinkles not a good idea?

 

When you mention that sprinkles are involved in a learning activity, I promise your kids are going to come bounding in ready to see what’s going on.

 

letter sweep G

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

cardstock paper

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B. Set-up

 

On cardstock paper, write a big bubble letter G. Place a tray underneath the paper to help with the mess.

 

C. Activity

 

Dump a bunch of cookie sprinkles onto the tray. Ask your little one to use the paintbrush to “sweep” the sprinkles into the letter. They will use as many sprinkles as they need to to try to fill in as much of the letter as they can!

 

This is an excellent activity to work on fine motor skills and letter recognition, and pre-writing skills!

 

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Activity #15: LEGO Letters

 

Got a kiddo who loves to use building with blocks? This activity will be right up their alley!

 

LEGO’s are an open-ended toy that I absolutely love using for learning activities. The possibilities are endless when it comes to using them!

 

letter G lego building

 

Building letters is just one way that they can be used! This is a wonderful hands-on learning activity that helps kids understand how each letter shape is formed!

 

How to do this activity:

 

A. Materials you need

 

DUPLO LEGOs

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B. Set-up

 

Print off the sheets and grab your LEGO’s

 

C. Activity

 

Your child will use the blocks to create the letter G. You can have them use little or DUPLO blocks for this activity. This activity asks them to identify each letter they create and how many blocks it took to create the letter.

 

If you decide to do more letters than just G, they can see the letters’ differences!

 

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Activity #16: Alphabet Match-Up

 

The best part about spring is that you can go outside with the kids to do some fun activities! We’ve been stuck inside due to weather and COVID, so an activity like this was TOO much fun!

 

This water-play alphabet match activity will have your kids excited to practice the alphabet! Kids will enjoy searching through the water to find the letters!

 

outdoor letter match

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

large storage container

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B. Set-up

 

Fill the sensory bin up with water and place the letters in the water! Then, with the sidewalk chalk, write the letters of the alphabet.

 

C. Activity

 

Younger kids can search through the water and match the foam/plastic letters on the correct letter written in sidewalk chalk. Challenge older kids to find specific letters and say the sound they make to work on phonics skills with them! 

 

Extend this activity!

 

Turn this into a reading game by having your older kids work on creating words. Just write the letters of the word in sidewalk chalk instead!

 

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Activity #17: Foam Alphabet Puzzles

 

I love doing seasonal activities with my kids! The kids love when I bring in the seasons, holidays, or special events during learning.

 

This idea can be used year-round with foam shapes that you can find! I have seen butterflies, trees, flowers, snowflakes, and more at craft stores!

 

letter matching leaves

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

foam leaves

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B. Set-up

 

Cut each foam leaf in half. You can do a straight line, zig-zags, or curvy lines when you cut. Then, write an upper case and lower case letter on each half.

 

C. Activity

 

Mix up the leaves for your kids to search through and match up! Depending on how old your kids are, you can set a few in front of them to help narrow it down, or you can give them all of them to see if they can figure it out!

 

RELATED: Fall Activities for Kids

 


Activity #18: My First Busy Book

 

This activity book is not just for alphabet learning! It is JAM PACKED with a TON of different learning activities that focus on many different skills.

 

In this activity book, your little ones can work on the following skills: alphabet matching, colors, shapes, patterns, beginning sounds, counting, and numbers.

 

Check out what is in the entire activity book by checking out this video!

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

Click HERE to grab your My First Busy Book Download

 

laminator

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B. Set-up

 

This does take some set-up but believe me; it’s well worth it! Laminate only the sheets that need it (these are the pieces). The other main sheets can go in sheet protectors inside the binder. Cut out the pieces once laminated. If it’s an activity that would need velcro circles, you can add those on there and on the binder so they will stick together.

 

C. Activity

 

Your little one can complete the activities over and over again! This is a great way to practice new skills as well as work on recognition!

 

I just bought this laminator for my house! I love having my own laminator because I can laminate all the activity sheets that I want to do repeatedly. It saves so much on ink and paper.

 

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Activity #19: Alphabet Soup

 

Everything is always more fun when you add water! This alphabet activity works perfectly for a winter theme or a summer theme!

 

My favorite part about this activity is that you can use a can to play along! I love being able to recycle and play!

 

alphabet soup

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

Click HERE to grab the Alphabet Soup Download

 

B. Set-up

 

Take the label off a can and tape it on my alphabet soup label! Also, print off my recipe cards!

 

In a sensory bin, add water and some plastic/foam letters.

 

C. Activity

 

Your little ones will look at one of the recipes and scoop the letters on the recipes either in the can or in a bowl!

 

They should say what each letter is before they scoop it out of the water!

 

Once they are done with one recipe, repeat for another! If you have an older child, they can also practice building sight words!

 

RELATED: Sight Word Activities for Preschoolers

 


Activity #20: Alphabet Stamp Match

 

This set-up literally takes 1 minute too, which I always appreciate.

 

Stamps are a blast for the kids to use. This is a great and simple way to practice letter matching skills with upper and lower case letters.

 

alphabet stamp match

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

alphabet stamp set

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B. Set-up

 

On a piece of paper, write the letters of the alphabet in colored markers! Draw a line next to each letter.

 

C. Activity

 

The kids will use the stamps and stamp pad to find the match for each letter! Then, they will place a letter stamp in the ink pad and stamp it next to its match.

 


Activity #21: Squirt the Letter

 

I absolutely love getting the kids outside to do learning activities! They love changing up the normal routine and trying something new.

 

This chalk activity is engaging for the kids because they get to use a squirt bottle! It’s funny how something so simple can be the best thing ever for kids!

 

squirt the letter

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

spray bottles

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B. Set-up

 

Write the letters of the alphabet using sidewalk chalk on your driveway or sidewalk area!

 

Fill a squirt bottle up with water.

 

C. Activity

 

Say a letter for your child to find! Then, have them search and squirt that letter with the water.  They can even follow the lines when squirting to practice forming the letter!

 

They can also go in order of the letters of their name! My kids also went over the sound that each letter makes when doing this activity!

 

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Activity #22: Alphabet Q-Tip Writing

 

This colorful activity helped my little guy practice handwriting skills as well as reviewing the letters of the alphabet.

 

Using a Q-tip is a different way to paint, which the kids will enjoy.

 

alphabet writing

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

crayola paint

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B. Set-up

 

Using markers, write the letters of the alphabet on paper. I chose to do the colors of the rainbow to also work on color matching skills!

 

Dump some paint into a paint tray.

 

C. Activity

 

Have your kids dip the Q-tips into the paint. They will match up the color marker with the color paint and create the letter using the Q-tip!

 

One thing I would change that I didn’t do, was to create arrows on each letter to show your little one how to form the letter correctly.

 

This is a great way to practice writing skills and involve some art too!

 


Activity #23: Popsicle Letters

 

What’s better than one popsicle? TWO! The double popsicle letter activity is perfect for any time during the year!

 

This is great for a preschool or kindergarten alphabet center at school or just for a home learning activity.

 

popsicle letter match

 

How to do this activity

A. Materials you need

 

 

popsicle sticks

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B. Set-up

 

Fold a piece of paper and create a popsicle shape with a pencil! Cut it out, and then cut the center, so you have two of the same shape!

 

Write an upper and lower case letter on each one.

 

Tape a popsicle stick to the back of each one!

 

C. Activity

 

Separate the upper and lower case letters. Have your child attempt to match up the letters correctly next to each other.

 

You can use the same colored paper or change the colors for older kids to make this more challenging!

 


Activity #24: Post-It Play

 

Post-its are so much fun for kids to play with. My kids love it when I hide the post it’s around the house, and they have to do a letter hunt!

 

When I set these activities up for my 3-year-old, my 6-year-old still even wants to play; it tells you how awesome this activity is!

 

post it alphabet activity

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

 

post its

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B. Set-up

 

On easel paper, write upper case letters of the alphabet using markers! Then, cut out the paper and tape it to the wall; vertical work is a great change for the kids.

 

On the Post-it’s, write the lower case letters.

 

C. Activity

 

You can do this one of two ways! You can hide the post it’s around your home or classroom for them to find, or you can have them sticking by the wall near the easel paper so they can just match them up!

 

When your little one picks up a Post-it, have them say the letter they have!

 

If they have trouble navigating through all the letters, give them a hint by showing them what line the letter is on so they can narrow it down.

 

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Activity #25: Dot Sticker Tricky Letters

 

Dot stickers are one of my all-time favorite supplies! They are so easy to use, and they are versatile.

 

B, P, Q, and D are common tricky letters of kids because they look similar. This is a fun way to work on recognizing the differences.

 

dot stickers

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

dot stickers

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B. Set-up

 

Write the letters B, D, P, and Q on easel paper. Create a plus sign in the middle to separate the letters.

 

On dot stickers, write the upper and lower case letters on different colors!

 

C. Activity

 

The kids will peel off the stickers and place them in the correct square!

 

Check for understanding to see if they can differentiate between these letters.

 


Activity #26: Alphabet Clip Board

 

Don’t get rid of that Amazon box you just got; you can reuse it for a learning activity!

 

This is a simple DIY alphabet activity that you can use repeatedly.

 

alphabet Board

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

  • cardboard
  • scissors
  • clothespins
  • markers

 

alphabet clothespins

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B. Set-up

 

Cut a piece off a rectangular piece of cardboard! Then, write the letters of the alphabet on either side using markers!

 

I grabbed these clothespins from Target. They are normally there at the beginning of the school year! If you don’t have these at home, you can use a clothespin and some alphabet stickers. Stick the stickers on the clothespin, and you are all set! 

 

C. Activity

 

Your child will clip the clothespin on the correct letter to match them up!

 

On the piece of cardboard, you can either write upper case or lower case letters. They can either work on those matching skills or just matching the same letters.

 


Activity #27: Car Letter Match

 

Do you have a little one that loves toy cars? This activity will be PERFECT for them!

 

I promise you, the set-up is SO easy, even though it may look a little complicated.

 

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

colored tape

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B. Set-up

 

Create several rectangles using the tape at the top of the playing area to be a “garage” for the cars! Then, place the letters that you want to review in those garages. These can also be changed out when you want to move on to more letters.

 

Make pathways for each car to travel on. I used different colored tape for each car so they knew which way the car should go without getting confused. The pathway to lead to a garage where the letters are!

 

Write the letters that are in the garage on dot stickers and place them on each car. Place the car at the beginning of each pathway!

 

C. Activity

 

The kids will identify the letter on each car. They will then take the car and drive it along the pathway to go to the correct letter garage!

 

They will continue to do this for each car. Once they have done each letter, you can switch out the stickers and the letters in each garage.

 

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Activity #28: Connect the Dots

 

This art connect the dots activity is a wonderful and simple way to go over upper and lower case letters.

 

You can make this as easy or as difficult as you want this to be, depending on your child’s skill level!

 

connect the dots

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

circle paint brushes

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B. Set-up

 

Create dots using the circle paintbrushes and paint! Use different colors, you can keep the same color for each upper and lower case letter or make them different depending on their skills.

 

Write the letters next to the dots.

 

You can also do a few of the letters instead of as many as I did to make this a little easier!

 

C. Activity

 

Your children will use markers to connect the right upper and lower case letters together.

 

I also had them work on color matching skills by using the same color marker!

 


Activity #30: TP Roll Letters

 

This is one activity I know you could do easily! This is a classic learning activity that never gets old.

 

We all have TP roll at home! So, all you’ll need to grab to do this are some dot stickers. You won’t regret grabbing dot stickers; they are one of the most versatile supplies out there!

 

TP alphabet letters

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

B. Set-up

 

Write the letters of the alphabet around the roll.

 

On the dot stickers, either write the same letter or work on upper to lower case matching skills!

 

C. Activity

 

Have the kids identify one of the letters on the roll. They will find the matching letter on the dot stickers and place it on the tube to match up the letters!

 

You can give them a choice of three letters to help narrow it down a little bit for younger learners.

 

This is a great fine motor skill for kids to work on peeling those stickers off!

 

RELATED: Fine Motor Activities for Kids

 


Activity #31: Night Sensory Bag

 

This night-themed sensory bag and printable is a FUN way for kids to practice the alphabet letters.

 

It is a mess-free and exciting activity for kids to search for letters!

 

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

Click HERE for your FREE Night Sensory Printable

 

B. Set-up

 

Remove the label to the bag by putting a little rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball to wipe it off!

 

Add a bottle of hair gel and 1/2 a cup of water to the bag. Then, drop in a few drops of black food coloring and some star glitter!

 

Print off my nighttime alphabet printable and tape it down to a flat surface.

 

C. Activity

 

Place the sensory bag on my printable and have the kids start to search! They should shout out the letter they find when they come across it.

 

The goal is to try to find ALL the letters of the alphabet!

 

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Activity #32: Painting with Water

 

Painting with water may be one of my favorite activities because the clean-up is quick!

 

Water play is always a hit! It’s so simple too, which is always helpful for all the busy parents out there.

 

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

 

chalkboard

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B. Set-up

 

On a small chalkboard, write a few letters or even write their name!

 

Create dashed lines on the inside or outside of each letter and write the numbers in numerical order to know how to make the letters.

 

C. Activity

 

Have the kids dip their brushes in the cup of water and paint the letters to erase them on the chalkboard!

 

They should attempt to create the letters correctly; this can be a wonderful handwriting activity as well! For toddlers, though, this is fun just to practice!

 

Your kids should let you know which letter they are painting when they get to it!

 

RELATED: Handwriting Activities for Kids

 


Activity #33: Alphabet Puzzles

 

I can honestly say that my son learned his ABCs with this Melissa and Doug puzzles!

 

At the time this short video was taken, he was 16 months old. Below you will find a video of how you can play with this toy to help your toddler learn!

 

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

  • Melissa and Doug Alphabet Puzzle

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B. Set-up

 

Nothing!! I love when you can use toys to learn because there is sometimes no setup!

 

C. Activity

 

I took the approach of saying each letter to my kids when they picked it up to find where it belongs. I didn’t focus on one specific letter at a time. This method worked well for us!

 

It isn’t a bad thing to focus on one-two letters until they show comprehension; this is just the way we chose to teach our kids!

 

With daily repetition, both my kids were able to know their letters as toddlers.

 

Don’t feel pressured by this video that if you haven’t started teaching yet, that’s not what this is meant for. It’s meant to show you a strategy of how to teach your child! I’m showing you this method works!

 

RELATED: Best Learning Toys for Toddlers

 


Activity #34: Play Dough Letters

 

Playdough is one of my kid’s favorite sensory items that we have! They always end up playing with it for longer than I think!

 

It’s also a great way to work on the alphabet with kids! Just make sure to watch the entire time to make sure they don’t eat the dough!

 

playdough letters

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

wild dough play doh

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B. Set-up

 

Roll the dough out and use a rolling pin to spread it out or just your hands!

 

C. Activity

 

Have the kids press letters into the dough! Have them say each letter that they press. See if they can even use the letters to spell their name!

 

Older kids can create words with this activity!

 

RELATED: Sight Word Activities for Preschoolers 

 


Activity #35: Construction ABC’s

 

I have the easiest sensory setup for you! It only takes a few minutes, and your little ones will LOVE it!

 

What do you think is the sensory filler for this tray? I bet it’ll surprise you! I’ll give you a hint, it smells delicious.

 

construction alphabet

 

How to do this activity

 

A. Materials you need

 

circle tray

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B. Set-up

 

Dump the brownie mix into the tray!

 

On the stones, use a Sharpie to write the letters of the alphabet.

 

Add in all the construction toys and other construction odds and ends.

 

C. Activity

 

Tell your little one to find a specific letter and scoop it up with their fingers or a small shovel and place it in the dump truck.

 

They can also just play naturally with the alphabet rocks and tell you what letter they are picking up while they are playing.

 

RELATED: Sensory Bins for Kids

 


Final Thoughts and Conclusions

 

Learning the alphabet is one of the first skills we teach our toddlers to get ready for preschool!

 

Identifying letters will lead to other amazing skills like learning letter sounds, beginning to sound out small words, and learning how to read.

 

Your child will not be interested in just looking at letters on a piece of paper each time you want to work on letter recognition with them. You need to have engaging activities that will excite them to WANT to learn.

 

I hope that you got some good ideas from this article! Comment below to let me know what your favorite activity was! I’d love to hear from you!

 

Happy Learning

 

Deena

2 Comments

    • dkeller0321

      Hi! You can find that in the teaching resources section of my site. It’s under alphabet/reading- you have to scroll down a little to get there once on my page.

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