Have you tried any of the alphabet activities from Part 1? I hope you enjoyed them with your child. Here are six more activities to continue to learn the alphabet at home. Remember these alphabet activities are supposed to make your days of remote learning easier, so have fun with them!
All Aboard the Alphabet Train
- Cut out 13 rectangles as the freight cars, 26 circles as the wheels, and 1 head engine. On each wheel write the letters of the alphabet. For older children write lowercase letters on the wheels, so they will have to match uppercase stickers.
- On a window, that your child can reach, tape the train up with the wheels in alphabetical order. Don’t forget to add the head engine to the front. Put clear packaging tape on the front of all the cars; I just ran two long strips over the railroad cars to cover up the construction paper. You’ll want to do this so that the game can be played again and again.
- Then give the kids letter stickers and have them match the letters up. Can they put the “A” in the correct freight car? If they don’t know the letter, but have found the right match, point to it and announce the letter out loud. When they’ve finished, take the stickers off and start again to provide more practice in order to learn the alphabet! For use of the stickers more than once, put them on a laminated piece of paper or small white board when taking them off the train.
- On a long piece of paper, glue on a red caterpillar head and add antennas. Then draw connected circles, as the body, for each letter of their name afterwards (similar to our picture).
- Cut out green circles that match the size you drew and put the letters to their names on each.
- If the child doesn’t yet know the order to spell their name, then write their name below the caterpillar’s body.
- Ask your child to make a very hungry caterpillar by spelling their name. If this was too easy for your child, cut out more green circles and mix in other letters that are not in their name.
Learn the Alphabet with Cupcake Letters
- On the inside of mini, paper, muffin cups write each letter of the alphabet.
- Put them in the indents of a mini muffin tin. To keep them in place, roll up a piece of tape and put it on the inside, bottom of each indent.
- Give your child small letters for them to place in each muffin cup. The letters can be on cardboard, dried white beans, scrabble cheez-its, alphabet graham crackers, or alpha-bits cereal. If you allow food in the room with the play kitchen incorporate it into their pretend play.
Drive Under the Letter Bridge
- Cut a piece of card-stock paper into strips 3×11 inches. On each strip of paper, write the same letter on both ends.
- Curve the paper and tape it down on the floor, so that it matches the picture above.
- Put out toy cars and tell the kids to drive through the “R” bridge, and so on. Then they can lead the play and you can drive through letter bridges too. Challenge your children by asking them to spell a three letter word by driving under the letters in the correct order, such as R-U-N.
Sensory Bin Alphabet Soup
- Build a sensory bin with dried rice, noodles, or beans. You can also use pretend food from your play kitchen. Add in wine corks with letters written on them (enough to at least spell their name). Feel free to add other colorful found objects from around your house, such as pompoms.
- Write out your child’s name, one letter at a time, on multiple plastic spoons (similar to our picture).
- Offer your child a bowl and set out the letters of their name in the correct order. Ask if they can find those letters in the sensory bin to make alphabet soup in their bowl. If your child already knows how to spell his name, put out many spoons with different letters around the sensory bin and ask them to find the letters in their name. Use upper and lowercase letters for an extra challenge.
Q-Tip Letter Tracing
- With a pen, write each letter of the alphabet on a thick sheet of card-stock paper.
- Give the child a q-tip and small cup of paint.
- Create a paper of your own so you can show the child how to trace; especially if this is his first tracing activity. Can he practice forming each letter? If he needs help and will let you, try hand over hand.
I hope these activities help your child learn the alphabet while remote learning at home. Let your inner-kid come out and have fun too! Is your child starting to recognize more letters? Share pictures from the success of your alphabet activities on our Instagram or Facebook pages.
About The Author
Kelsey Dickson has over 15 years of experience working with children as a nanny, preschool teacher, and now a mother. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and works for Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny as the eLearning Manager. Check out our online childcare classes, such as Baby Sign Kelsey Dickson has over 15 years of experience working with children as a nanny, preschool teacher, and now a mother. She has her degree in Early Childhood Education and works for Boston Baby Nurse & Nanny as the eLearning Manager. Check out our online childcare classes, such as Baby Sign Language and Sleep Coaching 101! In her free time she enjoys gardening with her son, going for walks with her husband and dog, and discovering local wineries in New England.