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Alphabet jelly hunt

This is a fantastic activity to strengthen those fine hand muscles, practice pencil grip and revise the alphabet.

You will need:

  • Jelly
  • Small container
  • Alphabet beads
  • Tweezers

Method

Make up the jelly the night before you want to do the activity.

Just placing the jelly in the freezer, add alphabet beads and leave to set.

Place the items on a table with the invitation to play.

You can have your child randomly pick out the beads or search for a specific letter.

Once we had picked out all the beads, Hamish turned this into a sensory activity by squishing the jelly between his fingers,scooping it and cutting it with a plastic knife.

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Using toy cars for name recognition

Hamish absolutely loves his cars and when I first saw this idea on @homeschoolingideas I knew it would be an activity that he would enjoy.

We recycled our Beacon easter egg box to make the parking garage and it took only a few minutes to set up.

I started the activity with him building his wooden name puzzle and revising the letters that make up his name.

He then identified each letter taped onto the cars and drove each car into the parking space that corresponded with the letter taped onto the top of the car.

To make your own you will need:

  • Cardboard box
  • A toy car for each letter of your child’s name
  • Stickers or paper to tape on
  • Marker
  • Ruler

To make

Inside the box write your child’s name and divide each letter with a line to resemble a parking space.

Stick letters onto each car. One car per letter of your child’s name. I used paper to write letters with a marker and then taped them on with tape.

To play

Have your child tell you the letters on top of the car and drive them in to the correct parking spaces.

If your child does not know how to read their name yet or how to spell it, build confidence by letting them match the letters in any order.

Once your child can read and spell their name have them drive the cars in from left to right in sequence.

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Make your own Alphabet flash cards

As your child gets a little older, you may want to introduce a set of flash cards to help them learn the letters of the alphabet.

ABC flashcards
Alphabet flashcards

You will need

  • Cardboard A4, 1 per letter
  • Scissors
  • Markers

Directions

  • Fold each piece of card into quarters and cut into 4 pieces.

You should have one quarter for each :
Upper case letter

Lower case letter

Upper & lower case letter next to each other

Image with word and upper and lower case letter

  • Using the marker draw each letter of the alphabet on one piece of card.

You might find this blog interesting when using your flash cards

How to use flash cards with your child

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Make your own Alphabet scrapbook

An alphabet scrapbook is an easy, engaging way to introduce early words and letters to preschoolers.

ABC scrapbook
Alphabet scrapbook

You will need:

  • An exercise book or 26 white pages to make a book
  • Magazines or stickers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Alphabet foam letter shapes
  • Cellotape
  • Plain coloured book wrap
  • Markers

Directions

  • Cover your exercise book with the plain covered book wrap and decorate with Alphabet letters using the markers. Or create a front cover with your paper.
  • Inside each double page glue on a foam letter.
  • Use magazines or stickers to find several pictures that start with that letter.

For example : Aa

Apple, ant, aeroplane, aubergine,ect

  • Glue them onto the right pages.
  • Let your child read the pictures often and tell you the letters names
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Preschool lessons – learning letters: getting started

About 6 months ago Hamish started showing signs of being interested in what the letters of the alphabet were.

He would point out the H for Hamish and watched several episodes of Wordworld picking up letters as he watched.

Being only 2 years old, I was reluctant to start teaching the alphabet but he now identifies and spells his entire name, as well as several other letters so we have started more formal letter learning with a letter of the week.

Personalised name puzzle
Name puzzle

Letter of the week

We will be starting with a letter of the week and Pintrest is full of wonderful ideas for letter of the week.

I personally prefer more hands on activities, learning through play and minimal flashcards and worksheets at this age.

You can follow along with us on Instagram as we learn our letters. I’ll be posting all our activities to the blog as well.

Getting started

To start, introduce the letter of the week on a big poster. You can make this yourself by writing the letters and pasting on some foam alphabet letters, as I’ve done here.

Letter of the week poster
Letter of the week

When you introduce the letter to your child, teach both the letter name and its phonetic sound : ie: Aa

(Show both upper and lower case letters on your poster.)

Post your letter of the week where your child will see it often, ie on the fridge

And encourage your child to name the letter a you cook, walk past the fridge or on the way to get a cup of water.

Letters on the fridge
Letter of the week displayed on fridge

Colouring activity

You can download the free colouring pages to accompany your letter of the week off many sites online.

I like to keep these each week to make an Alphabet keepsake book for my child to read at the end of learning their letters.

You can also, use a colouring in page for each letter and display it where your child can see it along with your Alphabet letter of the week.

Added activities

This week we will also be making flashcards and an alphabet book to compliment our learning . You can find them here:

Make your own Alphabet flashcardsand Make your own Alphabet scrapbook

Alphabet flashcards and scrapbook
Alphabet scrapbook and flashcards

Let me know, in the comments below, if you are learning along side us, I would love to encourage you and your child.