Are you a parent who is trying to teach preschoolers the alphabet? Are your preschool-aged kids reluctant to participate in your activities, or does it seem as if they just aren’t grasping the concept? If so, don’t be discouraged; you just have to think outside of the box. Put down those chalkboards and flashcards and try some of these fun and engaging ways to teach preschoolers the alphabet.
1. Alphabet Fishing
Kids will be thrilled when you let them go fishing for the alphabet. Print out or cut out images of fish on different colored paper. Print the letters of the alphabet on the backs of the fish – either lowercase, uppercase, or a collection of both. Punch holes in the fish and feed paperclips through the holes. Tie a piece of yarn to a ruler and tie a magnet to the other end of the yarn. As kids ‘catch’ the fish with the magnets, have them tell you the names of the letters. This is one of the many marvelous ways to teach preschoolers the alphabet.
2. Alphabet Memory
Do you remember the game ‘Memory’ from when you were a kid? Well, use a rendition of it to teach your preschoolers their letters. Print the letters on two sets of index cards. Flip the cards over and kids proceed to play, following the traditional ‘Memory’ rules (flip over cards and find the matches based on their memory).
3. Alphabet Scavenger Hunt
Kids always love a scavenger hunt, so why not send them on one to teach them the alphabet? Say a letter of the alphabet and review the sound that it makes, then have kids look for items that start with the letter that was discussed. This works really well at the grocery store, too!
4. Alphabet Hop
Kids get some physical exercise while learning their letters with this activity. Write the letters on pavement with sidewalk chalk and have kids hop on them and say the names as they do. Try writing them out of order to make it a little more difficult. It's sort of like hopscotch!
5. Alphabet Sort
Discuss the sounds that different letters make and have kids sort through a collection of items, pulling out the objects that begin with the given letter sound.
6. Rainbow Alphabet
Create a rainbow of colors while learning the alphabet. Print a letter on a piece of paper and let kids trace it with different colored crayons, colored markers or chalk.
7. Alphabet Collage
Reinforce letter-sound recognition and fine motor skills with this fun art-related activity. Write an upper- and lowercase letter on a piece of paper and talk about the sound it makes. Have kids cut out pictures from magazines or circulars that start with the given letter (apples, alligators, apes and ants for the letter a), and they can glue the pictures around the letter.
8. Alphabet Bingo
Instead of using numbers, use letters in this bingo game to reinforce the alphabet. Play according to traditional bingo rules, which actually include letter and number recognition to call and "spot" the alphabet, too. What fun!
The alphabet is the basis of language, reading and writing and using fun-filled activities to teach the alphabet will make learning it much more fun. How about you? What type of activities are you using to teach your preschooler the alphabet?