Activities for ages 2 to 4
Using an ABC game is one of the best ways to introduce the alphabet to your little ones. Our brains learn best when we use several senses at once, so this ABC game helps pre-readers use a variety of senses to help their brains remember the differences between letters. In this ABC game, children reach into a cup and pull out a letter. Then, they put that letter in one of three categories: curvy, straight or both. Being able to look at the letter (sense #1) and then feel the shape of the letter’s sides (sense #2) is a helpful and entertaining way for children to learn about the alphabet.
ABC Game Prep:
- A printout of the “Letter Sort” (right).
- A pile of lowercase letters. I used magnetic ones but foam or wooden letters work well too. I like to introduce lowercase letters first because they are the most common letters used in books children read.
- A cup. My boys are prone to dropping things so I grabbed a plastic one.
- A sock.
Fill a cup with a pile of lowercase letters and then place the cup inside a sock. Pull the sock completely over the cup and invite your child to reach into the sock and pull out a letter. (This is C’s favorite part!)
Then have your child sort it into the correct category: curvy, straight, or both. If your child is learning the name of the letters, say the name for him. If he already knows the letter names, ask him to name each letter as he goes along.
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