Alphabet letter activities for preschoolers can make learning fun. Children are born as little explorers, wanting to learn all about the world around them. At this age, play is their work. When provided with the right resources their play becomes a fun learning experience.
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ABC Activities for Preschoolers
Below you will find a collection of hands-on alphabet learning activities, ideas and resources to help your child learn the letters of the alphabet in a fun way, continuing their work as play – and learning a number of skills along the way.
- Look for letters everywhere – around the house, in stores, on buildings, on vehicles.
- Sing the alphabet song.
- Make letters with play dough.
- Make a book of letters. Have your child cut out letters and pictures from magazines. Use one page for each letter.
- Use Letter Cookie Cutters
- Let your child use letter cookie cutters to cut out letters in foods like jello, a sandwich, watermelon, or cranberry sauce.
- Use letter cookie cutters to cut out letters with play dough.
- Make letters with snack foods: pretzels, Goldfish, or cheerios. Paint with sponge letters.
- Send postcards to a distant relative. This was one of my favorite activities with my daughter and her Great Grandfather. Working her way from A -Z, we looked for a postcard starting with the letter we were on. When she found one she would dictate highlights of what was happening in her life and mail it off to him.
Practice Writing Letters
- Practice writing letters in kinetic sand, rice, or shaving cream.
- Practice writing letters outside with something like a stick or seashell in beach sand, dirt, or a sandbox.
- Write letters on a chalkboard with a paintbrush dipped in water.
Bonus Lesson: Have your child watch the letters disappear. Introduce your child to the word evaporation. Preschoolers LOVE big words!
Letters of their Name
- Print your child’s name on a piece of paper and let them
- Trace the letters with a marker, crayon or pencil
- paint over the letters of their name
- place dots from dot markers or dot stickers on each letter
- Write your child’s name on a card and let them find the letters of their name using letter magnets or letter blocks.
Make reading a huge part of your child’s life. Find the best preschool books to read aloud to your child every day. Look for things your child is interested in and then find books about them.
Below is a list of some of the best alphabet books for kids – look for them at yard sales, thrift stores, and the library.
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr
- Dr Seuss’s ABCs by Dr. Seuss
- Bob and Larry’s ABCs (Veggie Tales) by Phil Visher
- A to Z by Sandra Boynton
- Z was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg
- Alphabet Mystery by Audrey Wood
- ABCs of Art by Sabrina Hahn (An interesting way to introduce letters and art masterpieces)
- ABC Animals!: A Scanimation Picture Book by Rufus Butler Seder
- An Alphabet Eye Spy (Poke-a-dot book) by Melissa and Doug
- I Spy Letters by Jean Marzollo
- The Alphabet Book by P.D. Eastman
- Sing the ABCs by Cali Books (A fun interactive book that you can sing along with.)
Alphabet Games and Resources
Looking for printable alphabet worksheets? Check these Letter Worksheets for Preschoolers on our Etsy store. Use the code ABCWORKSHEETS50 and get them for 1/2 price.
More Fun Alphabet Activities for Preschoolers
- Check out educational shows that focus on the letters of the alphabet like Sesame Street, Super Why, Leapfrog Letter Factory and YouTube videos like Jack Hartman’s Let’s Learn About The Alphabet.
- Awesome Alphabet Activities for Preschoolers by How Wee Learn
- 50 Easy Alphabet Activities for Preschoolers by Happy Toddler Playtime
- 25+ Alphabet Activities for Preschoolers by Natural Beach Living
- 60 Easy ABC Activities for Preschoolers by Taming Little Monsters
- 50+ Alphabet Activities for Kids by Busy Toddler
Looking for ABC songs that teach the letters of the alphabet and letter sounds? I’ve compiled a list of preschool favorites on a Spotify playlist for your little one to enjoy.
Also, be sure to check:
- Letter of the Alphabet A- Z
- Pre Reading Skills for Preschoolers
- Best Books for Kids Learning to Read