Learning + Alphabet= Fun. There are many alphabet activities for toddlers-kindergarteners. To make it easier I’ve gathered 7 fun activities that your child will love. The activities will provide practice in identifying, writing, and matching letters with pictures. The variety of activities will keep your little ones busy for hours.
Alphabet Fun for Everyone
Whether you have toddlers at home, preschoolers or kindergarteners, there is an activity for your kids. The great thing about these games is that they’re so much fun. Your kids won’t even know that they’re learning. Learning doesn’t have to be stuffy and boring. It can be active and fun for the little ones.
Kids especially younger ones often have short attention spans. The goal is to find fun games that can be played within 10-15 minutes in order to retain their focus during the activities.
Caterpillar Letter Matching
Materials: Water Bottle Caps, Black Marker, Caterpillar Worksheet (thanks, Fun Learning for Kids)
Start saving the bottle caps from your water bottles because I have an activity for you! All you need for this activity are things you already have at home. No additional purchases required-yes! After printing out the worksheets you have a choice of how you want your child to match the letters. In the pic, you can see that I decided to have them match capital letters but you can use lowercase letters as well as a mix of capital and lowercase.
You will need a set of bottle caps with lowercase and bottle caps with uppercase letters. I included both uppercase letters and lowercase letters on the caterpillars but you can do just upper or just lowercase.
Kids tend to learn uppercase letters first so I would suggest using capital letters for toddlers and preschoolers and then add the lowercase for kindergarteners.
Materials: Bones Worksheet (thanks, Activity Mom), scissors (to cut out the bones)
Such a fun and simple concept but the kids will love playing this alphabet game. The great thing about the bones is that you can feed the bones to any stuffed animal. It doesn’t have to be a dog, it’s the fun of finding then feeding the correct letter to the animal. It provides practice for identifying letters. Again, you can use the uppercase, lowercase or both while playing.
Encourage your kids to feed the dog a particular letter. Depending on the skills of the individual child you can use the first 5 letters then add the next 5 until you are practicing with all 26 letters.
Stick the Letter on the Letter
Materials: Alphabet Stickers, Toilet Paper Rolls or Paper Towel Rolls, Marker
Fun, fun, fun!
What child doesn’t like stickers?
This is a great activity for those who love stickers.
Very little prep is needed for the activity. It’s helpful to begin saving toilet paper and paper towel rolls a couple weeks prior to creating the activity.
Write the letters far enough apart on the rolls to assure that there is enough room for a child to place the stickers on the letters.
The game can be switched up so that the child has to match only the uppercase letters or only the lowercase letters or have them match the uppercase letter with the correct lower case letter.
Feed the Monster the Alphabet
Materials: Feed the Monster Alphabet Game (Dollar Tree), Dry Erase Marker
The Dollar Tree has a lot of school/learning activities. I found this game a few months back and grabbed a few since it was a cute game for children learning the beginning letters of different items. All the items are ones that kids would recognize but they will need help in figuring out what letter each item begins with.
Each monster has a white box where you’ll write the letter that you want your child to concentrate on while choosing the correct item for the monster to eat. The correct stickers are placed in the monster’s mouth. The letters can be erased and new ones can be written.
If you find this at your Dollar Tree grab a few because your kids will love them.
Alphabet Folder Game
Materials: 1 File Folder, Letter & Animal Sheets, Scissors, Glue Stick, Sandwich Size Plastic Bag with Zipper
This activity, like the last one, helps children connect the beginning sound of the animals with the letter the animal begins with. There is little prep considering the pictures and letters are already created. All you need to do is print them out, cut them out and paste the letters on the file folder.
I love the pictures of the animals because they look realistic yet are kid-friendly. It’s easy to recognize what each picture is yet they aren’t scary looking.
There are two ways to play this game. One is for the child to pick the letter they want to match with the correct animal. The other way is to put all the animals in a plastic bag and have your child pull one out a time and try to match the animal with the correct letter.
Materials: Alphabet Maze, Crayon, Marker, or Highlighter
I really like this activity for preschoolers and children in kindergarten. It gives them practice identifying letters as well as practicing fine motor skills when coloring and gripping the writing utensil.
Have your child find the same letter in the maze as the one on the top of the page, then have them color it.
So if the letter is “Z” then your child would color all the z’s. When all the z’s are colored in, you’ll see the path the zebra will take to make it back to the zoo.
I really like that at the top of each worksheet the highlighted letter is written in uppercase and lowercase letters. It’s a helpful reminder for a child to be able to reference it if they happen to forget.
Alphabet Tree & Egg Matching
The sticker fun is alive and kicking again. Both the tree and egg worksheets provide practice with identifying and matching like letters. Again you can choose to write all uppercase, lowercase or a mixture of the two.
I would recommend making extra copies to provide practice with different letters. As the child’s skills advance then you can integrate lowercase and a mix of uppercase and lowercase. The colored dots also help children to learn and identify different colors.
The eggs would be a great activity for Easter or spring.
Alphabet Fun Here You Come
You now have a choice of 7 fun alphabet activities. Pick your favorite or try them all. There is little to no prep needed so you don’t have to spend hours preparing activities for your little ones. If you found these activities to be helpful be sure to check out my other posts such as Fast & Easy Activities to Prepare Your Children for Preschool & Kindergarten as well as Learning Can be Fun & Affordable.
What activities are you most looking forward to trying? Leave a comment below with the activities you’re most excited about.
Keep an eye out for next week’s post about Kid-Friendly DIY Easter Projects.