My son learned his letters and sounds very quickly. I joke that Trader Joe’s ABC cookies taught him. I love reading with him. The nightly exposure to words and letters has been a key part to letter recognition. Here are some fun games and activities we play that he loves.
Leaping Letters- What a hidden gem! This is exactly like the game Perfection, only using letters. My son laughs so hard when the game pops up and the letters jump out.
ABC Robots! These caught my eye when my son was 6 months old, I just had to buy them. We gave them to him when he turned three. He was OBSESSED! He opens them up and then sets them up on the table. They are great to put in a bag for a restaurant or a car trip!
Letter Stamps- These are great for spelling practice!
Letter Factory- When my oldest was three, I put this in the DVD player in our car. He watched it no less than 15 times in a couple weeks. He was going around the house talking about the characters and saying the letter sounds.
This is great for letter formation. As a teacher I hear from many parents how they are afraid they are going to teach it incorrectly. We have this and an older version. When I tutor, the kids love using it!
Letter Magnets-I used these in my first grade classroom. My oldest has played with these for 2 years! They are durable and teach him so much! They are great for younger kids too!
ABC Placemat (Placemats for Table)- As a teacher and a mom, I am always looking for ways to incorporate learning into play and in our daily routine. These placemats are a perfect way to do that! They can be used as Play-Doh mats. You can use them under your child’s plates at the dinner table. This is a great tool to have on hand when you have a minute or two before cleaning up. One way to incorporate learning into your routine is you can ask your child to point to a certain letter, then move on to the sounds of each letter. The possibilities are endless. Our lives get busy. This is a way to show your child how letters, numbers, and counting are a part of our everyday life! If you would like to write on these, use dry erase markers. Reviews stated dry erase markers work best.
Foam Letters for the Bath- When the foam letters get wet they “stick” to the bathtub. When you have a busy day or you get limited time with your child, take a couple minutes to practice spelling their name, your name, or their friend’s name. You can move on to working on letters and sounds.
String My ABC’s
Letter Construction- These are great for little builders! I love how the cards tell you the pieces you will need and the child can create it!
Elmo and Friends Letter Case- My oldest loved this! He was really into Sesame Street and loved seeing the familiar faces. The best part is it closes for easy storage and for on-the-go play!
This is great for letter recognition! This is one of my favorites. I was shocked how well my 4-year-old did when we played this. He genuinely was getting cards before me. The teacher in me loves how they created ones for letters, numbers, and shapes. This is great to take to restaurants or play at a hotel while traveling.
Go Fish and Slap Jack Learning- I played Go Fish with my son tonight. We have a deck that features cartoon ocean animals. I kept thinking there has to be a better option. I looked on Amazon and what a teacher dream come true! Upper and lower case letters, numbers, and shapes?? The best part is they are learning through play! Once your child masters the letters, you can move on to letter sounds! We bought this card holder. It has over 600 perfect reviews. My 4-year-old struggled to hold all of his cards in his hand. It is a game changer!
Slap Jack- I loved playing Slap Jack growing up! Your child will have no idea all of the learning that is taking place while playing!
Magnetic Bug Toss- We love this one! It has letters on one side and numbers on the other! My son surprised me with his number recognition after playing this!
Alphabet Puzzle- After putting this puzzle together it spans over 10 feet long! It is so much fun to create!
Personalized Name- One of the first steps when it comes to working on letters is teaching your child the letters in their name. Kids love to see the letters that make up their name and are very proud of it. We received this puzzle as a gift and my oldest loved it. My son also loves having it above his door as you walk into his room.
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