Is your tot ready to learn his or her ABC’s? Here are tons of FREE printables, games, ideas, videos, and activities to help you as you teach your child one of the first steps on his or her journey to learn to read! Being an eclectic homeschooler, I love to pull resources and ideas from everywhere, finding things I know my kids would enjoy and learn from. Teaching your child his or her ABC’s doesn’t have to be difficult! Sometimes I just draw out on plain ol’ white paper what my tot does, such as coloring in a big bubbled letter. We do a letter each week and keep it fun! We trace letters with finger paint, sidewalk chalk, window crayons, and markers or in flour, sand, pudding, and shaving cream. My tot creates letters with string, pipe cleaners, and sticks. I have my tot glue down cereal, buttons, pom poms and use stickers to create the shape of a letter. We sing the alphabet song and play alphabet Bingo! We cut out letters and pictures out of magazines to create ABC books. Incorporating character words and bible verses that include the letter of focus is also a part of our routine. It’s fun to eat snacks that begin with the letter of the week. We also do a lot of reading!
Here’s my sweet little tot, Dylan, working on his alphabet. I have to keep it very active for this energetic little guy! On the left, he “splatted” the letters as I called them out, then put them in order, and then matched up lowercase with uppercase. On the right, he had rolled up playdough balls and was “splatting” them on the letter of the day, “D.” He loved it!
I hope you find a few ideas below that you can add to your collection of inspiration to work on the alphabet with your child! –Mandie
Games, Ideas, and Hands on Experiences:
God’s Little Explorers
(I may be partial, but I think Stacie’s curriculum is one of the best available on the web and it’s FREE!)
Online Songs and Clips:
Here are 15 direct links to FREE alphabet clips on YouTube:
Don’t forget to follow our Alphabet Pinterest Board!
What activities do you do with your tot to reinforce the alphabet? I’d love to hear your ideas!