Ways to Use Alphabet Mats for Letter Recognition

When kids show signs of readiness for learning the alphabet, it’s helpful to introduce them to letters in a hands-on way. One of the ways we like to teach the alphabet is to use letter mats. These printable mats can be used for a wide variety of activities. Some of the activities are for one-time use like creating process art and making collages. Other activities can be reused. These activities are very handy for busy teachers and moms teaching preschool at {Read More}

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Play Dough

We love bringing picture books to life through pretend play. This play dough invitation is part of our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom lesson plans for home preschool and preschool classrooms. You only need a couple of materials to set it up. Kids love using the invitation to create their own Chicka Chicka trees and act out the story. You can also use the invitation for some guided alphabet and word building activities. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Play Dough Invitation Materials {Read More}

Beginning Sounds Alphabet Shopping Game

Any time that we can give new life to an old toy, hours of excitement and fun are sure to follow!  Our shopping cart toy has recently gone from a pretend toy to a baby walker.  To inspire some new fun and learning within my preschooler, we found a way to practice beginning sounds by shopping for the alphabet! This alphabet game will take practicing beginning sounds on a fun scavenger hunt throughout your home.   Beginning Sound Alphabet Shopping {Read More}

Play Dough Writing Tray

During the preschool years it’s helpful to provide kids with a variety of ways to practice writing. And it can be fun to think past pencil and paper and use different materials. Here we show how a play dough writing tray can be used to practice writing letters, sight words, spelling words and more. To set up this play dough writing tray we used rolled out three sections of play dough and set them out next to some tools that {Read More}

Reindeer ABC Matching Christmas Learning Activity

Earlier this week I shared our reindeer play dough invitation that was inspired by a few twigs in the yard. The smooth chocolaty play dough we made for that was just begging to be used for more play and learning, so I put it to use in this alphabet matching activity. Use it as a fun Christmas learning activity to practice the ABCs. Materials Affiliate link included. Chocolate play dough (see full recipe in the reindeer play dough post) Googly {Read More}

Race Track ABC Game

I love when a simple learning activity inspires an afternoon of play. That’s exactly what happened with this race track ABC game. Not only did Tinker get to practice letter recognition and letter sounds, she also spent a lot of time engaging in pretend play. It was an afternoon well spent! One day after school I grabbed some sticky notes and a marker. After writing the lowercase letters of the alphabet on the notes I placed them in order on the {Read More}

Transportation ABC Books

Let’s look at trains, planes, automobiles (and boats) from A to Z. If you have a little one that loves different modes of transportation we have great books to add to your reading list.  ABC books are perfect for learning new information about a topic your little one loves and practicing the alphabet. We hope the books on this list drive, fly, chug and float their way on to your bookshelf. The ABCs of Transportation This post contains affiliate links. Modes of {Read More}

Bird Nest Letter Matching Game

Yesterday we shared how we used plastic eggs to practice letter recognition. The girls had so much fun pretending to be birds that we played another quick alphabet game to practice matching upper and lowercase letters. Bird Nest Letter Matching Game As we did in the original game we started with a set of plastic eggs labeled with the upper and lowercase letters. This time instead of leaving the eggs together we broke them apart. I left the halves with {Read More}

Rescue the Eggs Letter Recognition ABC Game

Just because Easter is over doesn’t mean you have to put away the plastic eggs. In fact you can use them for all sorts of play and learning activities year round. Here we are using them in a fun ABC game that combines letter recognition practice with pretend play. Set up the ABC Game We started with a full set of plastic eggs that were labeled with the uppercase letter on one half and the lowercase letter on the other. {Read More}

Spring ABC Activities

The sunshine and mild temperatures of spring have us spending more time outdoors than inside, and the girls’ heads are full of thoughts of flowers, gardens, and other signs of spring.  This collection of ABC activities builds on that enthusiasm. Whether you’re playing outdoors or indoors these creative spring alphabet activities are sure to make learning fun this season. Outdoor Spring ABC Games Picking Flowers ABC Game from Fantastic Fun and Learning Garden ABC Hunt from Fantastic Fun and Learning Gardening for Letters from {Read More}