Although my twins (aged 5 1/2) now know the alphabet back to front and upside down, it was only a year or so ago that they were learning the ABC song in preschool.
Here are 5 creative ways you can teach your children the alphabet.
1. Alphabet Soup
2. Alphabet Ice and Baking Mold
These fun alphabet molds are fabulous for making learning fun. Freeze a colored beverage such as juice or flavored milk in these and add an ice cube or two to your child’s drink, spell out a word, or their initials, they will love watching them melt. Another fun ice cube game is to add cold water to a tub, tip in the fun alphabet ice cubes and see how many simple two or three letter words your child can spell out before the ice melts. Or, cut up tiny pieces of broken crayon and make new crayons; you can follow my tutorial here.
Give your child a set of alphabet stamps and a stamp pad or two, making sure to mix up the stamps so they aren’t in order. Now give them some scraps of paper, or even better a blank card that they can give to their teacher, daycare provider, or grandparents. Have them stamp the alphabet in order and then if they are looking for something a little more challenging have them stamp some simple words, or a basic sentence.
4. The ABC Game
Whether it be a short drive or a long one children need to be entertained, and they love to play games. Here’s a fun game of ABC for on the road. Give each child a board containing the letters of the alphabet and a pencil. Have them mark of each letter as they see it. The first person to mark off all letters win. Want to make it a little harder, have them find uppercase and lowercase letters. Letters can be found anywhere – on signs, buildings, and even trucks.
5. Wood Sticks
Get creative with wooden popsicle sticks or tongue depressors. Have your child create all of the letters in the alphabet. You may need to assist younger children with this activity. It will help to give them a poster, or printout of the letters.