Our little one has been able to identify her letters for a while now, but this summer, I wanted to start to get her more familiar them. We have been working hard to learn about all of the letters of the alphabet, their sounds, both lower and uppercase identification, and to find objects that start with each letter. Rather than just singing the alphabet and coloring a letter specific worksheet, we decided to give LC a more hands on approach. For each specific letter, we found opportunities to teach her about a wide variety of animals, foods, and objects! We did do the traditional activities, like finger tracing the letter, but we also tried to go a step further and take advantage of every learning opportunity. We hope that you enjoy these activities and that they inspire you to take your lessons one step further.
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There are plenty of activities and projects you can choose from to do with your little ones to help them become familiar and learn the letters of the alphabet. Aside from singing the ABCs and playing with educational video games on a gaming system, there are hands on, fun activities that you can incorporate into your learning time.
Here is a list of our favorite whole letter activities:
Sensory Box Scavenger Hunt –
Around here, we are all about sensory activities! Over the summer, my father built an amazing two sided sensory bin table for LC and we’ve played with it almost every single day! Sensory activities have numerous benefits and provide an opportunity for children to do some hands on exploring. Sensory bin activities are amazing because it allows for a sensory activity to be done in a contained area and make clean up a breeze. Just put a top on and store for later!
For this whole alphabet activity, just add rice, some other manipulatives, such as pom poms, large jewels, or buttons, and a set of alphabet magnets. You can choose to either let them explore all on their own, or you can add alphabet cards as prompts for what letters to find.
Alphabet Soup –
We received this alphabet set for Christmas last year and it has been so much fun for our to explore in. Each letter of the alphabet is represented with a “can”. Each can features a real-life photographic image of something that begins with that specific letter. The back of each of these cards also features the name of that something. This set has been great all on it’s own, but it can also be used with various other elements, such as a sensory bin. The kit comes from Learning Resources, but we recommend looking for it on Walmart’s website or from Amazon! 🙂
Rainbow Sand Writing –
Using a cookie tray, sand, alphabet cards, and a piece of rainbow scrapbooking paper, we created this fun activity for LC to start using. While we don’t expect our two year old to master writing just yet, you have to start somewhere! This sand writing activity is a great way to familiar your kids with letter work, how each letter is constructed, and just work with letters in general. The rainbow paper just makes it more inviting and colorful!
Magnetic Board –
Go to your local dollar store and pick up a few cookie trays. You’re welcome! These trays have been so awesome in our play area and we’ve been using them in various ways. As you can see, we nailed a few to our play area walls. They are great for displaying artwork, but we have been using them mostly for our magnetic letter work. We use a version of this activity in our Kindergarten classroom with a ring of note cards that features our sight words that we are currently working with.
This is a great way to help familiarize children with the letters of the alphabet, begin to construct words, and work on their knowledge of phonics. Recently, we’ve been using the ” letter hunt ” sensory bin in conjunction with these magnetic boards. LC loves building her name and we are so happy that she is starting to be able to make and identify her name!
Playdough Letter Building –
Playdough activities are fantastic for focusing on fine motor skills! Using playdough and a set of alphabet cards, we’ve been working on creating each letter. We’ve started with the simple letters, such as A,C,E,F, and L. LC is all about playdough play, so this was a great invitation to play!
Click on each letter unit image below and you will be directed to that letter’s activities and project ideas. Enjoy !
Features: Learning about Apple Farms, Homemade Applesauce, Painting With Apples, and A For Alligator Letter Sheet. Links for our resources.
Features: Some Bugs ( Bug Unit ), Button Sensory Activity, and Bunny Mask. Links to our resources.
Features: Homemade Heart Crayons, Exploring Colors With Font, Sorting Activities, and Colorful Cat Dolls. Links to our resources.
Features: Dino Hunt Sensory Bin, Making Dino Chocolate, Taking Care Of Our Dogs, and Duck Pond Counting Activity. Links to our resources.
Features: Colorful Eggs, Egg Basket Activity Chart, Elmer The Elephant, and Elmo Busy Bag. Links to our resources.
Features: Exploring Our Ocean Unit, Painting Flowers With Potatoes, Paper Plate Flowers, and Brown Bag Frog. Links to our resources.
Features: Gingerbread Man, Homemade Grape Pops, Letter G Grape Vine, Goldilocks Scavenger Hunt, and Goldilocks and The Three Bears Coloring Sheet. Links to our resources.
Features: Building Houses With Shapes, Building Blocks, Letter H Happiness Sheet, Heart Scavenger Hunt, and Chat and Draw Happiness Activity. Links to our resources.
Features: Homemade Ice Cream, Painting With Ice, and Moving Iguanas. Links to our resources.
Features: Jell-O Sensory Bin, Jellyfish Sun Catchers, Exploring Our Ocean Unit, and Paper Plate Jaguar Mask. Links to our resources.
Features: Coloring Sheets, Traditional K For Kite Activity, Exploring The World of Kangaroos, Painting A Kiwi, and Kiwi Smoothies. Links to our resources.
Features: Painting Lions, Lion Masks, Paper Plate Ladybug, Lemon Cookies, Painting With Lemons, and ” Some Bugs ” Book Unit. Link to our resources.
Features: Marshmallow Blooms Cupcakes, Moon Drawings, Marshmallow Poppers, Marshmallow Sensory Bin, Pressed Monsters, Melted Monster Sensory Bin, and Exploring The Moon Sensory Bin. Links to our resources.
Features: ” Little Owl’s Night ” Book Unit, Nesting Bags, Paper Plate Nests, Edible Necklaces, and Coloring Sheets. Links to our resources.
Features: Painting With Oranges, Felt Ostrich Busy Bag, O is for Ostrich, Homemade Orange Juice, Butterfly Necklaces, and more! Links to our resources.
Features: Homemade Playdough, Playdough Letter Building, Homemade Pizza Night, Felt Pizza Busy Bag, P is for Parrot, and more! Links to our resources.
Features: Painting With Q-Tips, Q For Quails, Science Center Explorations, Links To Other Blogs Letter Posts, and more! Links to our resources.
Features: Rainbow Writing, Rain Sticks, Rain Sensory Bin, Rain Cloud Jar, Painting Rhinos, and more! Links to our resources.
Features: Galaxy Jars, Rocket Ship Name Building, Super Simple Paper Plate Seahorses, and more! Links to our resources.
Features: Seasons in Tree, Paper Plate Turtles, How Many Teeth Counting Game, Healthy Teeth/ Healthy Self, and more! Links to our resources.
Features: Umbrella Number Match, Shape Unicorn, Coloring Sheets, and more! Links to our resources.
Features: Colorful Volcanoes ( Science Experiment For All Ages ), Traditional V for Violin Activity, Veggie Felt Garden, and more! Links to our resources.
Features: Watercolor X-Rays, Free X-Ray Printables, Water Xylophone, and more! Links to our resources!
Features: Self Portraits, Lacing Cards, Preschool Questionnaire, Yellow Sensory Bin, and more! Links to our resources !
Features: Zucchini Muffins, Z is for Zebra, Zipper Boards, and more! Links to our resources !
That wraps up our letter exploration units! We’ve been working on these units for months now and we’ve had so much fun together. We’ve done a million different projects, painting with various objects, introduced to phonics concepts, learned all about different kinds of animals, fruits, instruments, and other concepts. This activities have given us something to do together every night and our little one has looked forward to these nightly activities. We hope that these letter units have inspired you and hope that you’ll find some activity or project to do with your family! Enjoy 🙂
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