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7 Preschool Activities to Teach the Alphabet

Our youngest child loves the alphabet and being only three, he is the youngest of our children to even care about them at this age. Here are some of the preschool activities that we are doing to teach the alphabet to this little sponge.

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7 Preschool Activities to Teach the Alphabet

Take the toddler and preschool years to use play and book time to teaching alphabet recognition to your children. Their natural ability to retain information makes play time, learning time. They love it, and will learn easily without feeling like they are having lessons.

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  1. Alphabet BooksReading books with alphabet themes are wonderful ways to teach the alphabet to even the youngest child. The library is a wonderful source for this activity and allows for new material often.  My youngest loves The Little Engine that Could book and has it read to him daily.
  2. Puzzels – I really love puzzles for children of all ages and puzzles that teach the alphabet are at the top of my list. This helps them organize the alphabet in their mind, helping to learn that famous song that we all love to teach to our children.
  3. Play-doh and cutters – Having the ability to cut out their own letters is a wonderful activity to teach the alphabet. Play-doh now has their own alphabet cutters (and number cutters, too).
  4. Flash Cards – You can make your own flash cards with index cards.  I have made a set of upper case and lower case to play memory with my toddlers and preschoolers. These are great ways to teach the alphabet with having fun with your child.
  5. LeapFrog Letter Factory  – I absolutely love these learning toys to teach the alphabet. My three year old can sit and play with these for a long time and will repeat everything that it says.  This toy also introduces the phonics sounds for the letters.
  6. Letter Search – Using a word search puzzle, cut it the puzzle part and attach it to a card stock paper.  Write 5 – 10 letters on the top of the card stock and have the preschooler circle the letters you wrote on top of the card stock that are within the word search puzzle. We started this activity at a restaurant while waiting for our dinner and our 3 year old loves it.
  7. Sand box – This activity can be done inside or outside. If you do it inside, be sure you have a bin that has a lid that is fits it securely.  You can use your flash cards or make larger flash cards on card stock paper. Give the preschooler a card to trace the letter into the sand.  When he or she is done, they can flatten out the sand again and do another letter. Another way to use the sand box is to dictate a letter and see if the child can write the letter without looking at a letter for an example.

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  1. Dayamonay says

    Thank you for this wonderful post! I am teaching letters to my two year old and will definitely give some of these a try!

    I wanted to share some things I have done as well! I do a letter each week or two. We use the Alphafriends and their songs. I also take the time to gather about three or four small toys that begin with that letter and put them in a small box or bag along with the letter on a flash card. We also watch short clips on YouTube.

    We practice the sound and initial sound phonemic awareness with the toys. So far we have done m and s. He recognizes the lower case and capital and points them out excitedly everywhere we go!

  2. says

    Thank you for the wonderful ideas! My 3 and 4 yos love playing with play dough. They’ll love play dough and letters combined!

  3. says

    These are great ideas! We worked with foam letters in the bathtub and sang the abc song a lot to master the alphabet.

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  4. Abby says

    Love it when these lists appear! We’ve been using these since my son was born, he’s 3. We have 2 younger daughters now and they are getting the same information. It’s the constant reinforcement that’s critical for learning at this age. But, like most people with multiple kiddos will notice, each kid learns through various modalities and each kid has varying interests. With that said, my son loved singing the alphabet and using play dough cut outs. My middle daughter loves the foam letters and singing. We will see what the youngest prefers :). The most important part at this age is the interaction with the caregiver. Makes all the difference when learning.
    Thanks for the post!