Activity for Preschoolers: Letters, Letters, Everywhere: Helping Your Preschool Child - KinderArt Littles, Preschool, Daycare and Early Childhood Education Activities and Lessons
Letters, Letters, Everywhere
Sharing the alphabet with children helps them begin to learn the letter names, recognize their shapes and link the letters with the sounds of spoken language.
- Alphabet book
- Alphabet blocks
- ABC magnets
- Paper, pencils, crayons, markers
- Safety scissors
- With your child sitting with you, print the letters of her name on paper and say each letter as you write it. Make a name sign for her room or other special place. Have her decorate the sign.
- Teach your child "The Alphabet Song" and play games with him using the alphabet. Some alphabet books have songs and games that you can learn together.
- Look for educational videos, DVDs, CDs and TV shows such as "Between the Lions," "Blue's Clues," and "Sesame Street" that feature letter-learning activities for young children. Watch such programs with your child and join in with him on the rhymes and songs.
- Place alphabet magnets on your refrigerator or on another smooth, safe metal surface. Ask your child to name the letters she plays with and the words she may be trying to spell.
- Wherever you are with your child, point out individual letters in signs, billboards, posters, food containers, books and magazines.
- Encourage your child to spell and write her name. At first, she may use just a few letters for her name; for example, Jenny might use the letters JNY.
- Line up several alphabet blocks and have your child say the name of each letter. Have her use alphabet blocks to spell her name.
- Give your child a page from an old magazine. Circle a letter on the page and have him circle matching letters.
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U.S. Department of Education
Office of Communications and Outreach
Helping Your Preschool Child
Washington, D.C., 2005