There are many fun ways to teach the alphabet to toddlers. One of the most popular ways is by playing the ABC song. The song starts with a letter and then goes through the alphabet with each letter getting a verse. This post will outline some simple and fun low prep games you can incorporate into your daily planning if you teach toddlers and preschoolers.
You can also teach your child by pointing out letters in signs and reading books together, or you can play games like “I Spy.”
Alphabet Activities for Kids
If you’re keen to start your child or your students on letter recognition, the best way to start is by showing them letters on task cards, the board or even during circle time.
Always be sure not to introduce too many letters at once, kids will normally be confused with this if too many are introduced at once.
Below I will outline some of the BEST alphabet games that you can try with kids who are just starting to learn their letters.
These games and activities work best for students who aren’t too familiar with the alphabet.
They are low prep and easy to set up and use!
1. Alphabet Link Chain Cards
There are so many ways to practice alphabet recognition, one of my favorite ways to do so is to add some fine motor chain link activity cards.
These chain links are super easy to find, cheap to buy in bulk and perfect for the budget classroom teacher.
The printables are set on large paper, however you can print TWO or FOUR pages on one sheet to make them fit into task boxes.
I do this easily, I also print some of them on large paper for my littles who are 3 or 4 years old.
It’s easy and the kids love it. When you download our link chain printables we have two different versions.
You get both versions. One is in color and they include a task at the bottom which the student will hole punch to identify the letter and then the second version includes just the tracing letter component along with the link chain image.
Personally, we have three versions, and use them separately in different circumstances.
These letters and sounds worksheets are perfect for students who are new to the world of letters.
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2. Magnetic Letter Bingo Game
This Magnetic Letter Bingo Game is a fun activity for kids who are learning the ABC’s. Use this game on the go or anywhere. This game can be found at ABC’s of Literacy.
3. Sensory Alphabet Game
Keep reading to learn how to play this Don’t Break the Ice letter smash game and get your child repeating the ABCs today!
See this game over at Lorenay Lenox.
3. Alphabet Sensory Salt Tray
Learning the alphabet just got more fun! Looking for some printables to go with the Dr Seuss’s alphabet book?
These Dr Seuss ABC Book Printables Cards are perfect for that! Just add some magnetic ABC tiles and you’re ready to go!
4. Alphabet I Spy Bottle
Find letters with a free printable activity in this I spy activity.
Play I Spy with this fun and easy sensory bottle! It’s easy to set-up and will keep kids busy finding all of the letters. And they can learn the difference between uppercase and lowercase letters. Find this set up at Best Ideas for Kids.
5. Alphabet Paper Plate Letter Match
Preschool letter activities are a great way for your little ones to get familiar with the alphabet in a fun and exciting way!
Your preschoolers will enjoy these activities so much they probably won’t even realize they are learning. Find this over at Wonder in His World.
Fun ways to teach the alphabet and sounds
If your students or children are ready, you can even get them practicing with a bit more advanced activities and printables.
The Alphabet Game is a fun way to teach the alphabet. It is a game that can be played with two or more players.
The game is usually played in rounds, and the player who has the most points at the end of the game wins.
There are many different ways to play this game. One way to play is by drawing an “X” on one side of a chalkboard and an “O” on the other side of the chalkboard.
The players take turns saying words starting with each letter in order, and if they say a word that starts with their letter, they draw a line connecting their letter to theirs on either side of the board. If they call out a word that does not start with their letter, then nobody draws any lines for that round.
See more alphabet games and matching letter activities here.
In conclusion, if your students are ready for more advanced games, you will generally know.
Be sure to know their levels before introducing any new letters to them, they might get confused and disinterested very easily.
Don’t forget to grab your FREE Letters and printables pack which is perfect for children who are new to learning their letters.