10 genius alphabet activities for toddlers

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Alphabet activities for toddlers - learning first phonics and letters with games and fun activities

All day toddlers are looking, listening, playing and soaking up all the new sounds and sights around them. Learning letters can be fun and another exciting part of your toddler’s day.

Try these 10 genius alphabet activities for toddlers to teach those first letters. And have fun introducing your toddler to their A,B,Cs.

10 genius alphabet activities for toddlers

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How to start teaching the alphabet to toddlers with first phonics - Alphabet activities for toddlers
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Paint water letters

Take a bucket of water and a giant paintbrush and head outside.

Help your toddler paint a nice easy letter on the path or  on your fence.

They can practice making the shape and have a lot of fun slapping water around too.

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Make play dough letters using these free printable alphabet mats
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Play dough letter moulding

Mould letters with play dough.

First roll ‘worms’ of play dough. Then help your toddler curve them into letter shapes.

You can find a full letter moulding game with free printables here.

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How to start teaching the alphabet to toddlers with first phonics - Alphabet activities for toddlers
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Flour writing

Empty flour into a large oven tray or onto a flat surface. Ask your child to write out letters in the flour with their fingers.

They can copy the letter from a flashcard or you can help them.

This activity can get a little floury! But it’s all about trying and having fun at this stage with no pressure to get it perfectly right.

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Rubber duck letters - a fun game to teach phonics for toddlers that you can even play at bathtime
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Letter games in the tub

If you have a couple of spare rubber ducks and a foam board, you can easily make this fun phonics game.

Match the letter on the duck to the letter on the foam board. It’s all waterproof and perfect for bathtimes.

Full ‘How to’ instructions are here: Rubber Duck Phonics Game.

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Magic letter activity - use crayon resist or wax resist art to make this magic letter activity and let your toddler have fun learning those first letters
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Make magic letters

Magic letters is a lovely activity for older toddlers (2-3 years).

Write a single large letter, their name or a simple word in white crayon on a piece of white paper.

Give them a pot of watered down paints in different colours and a thick paintbrush. Let them paint the entire piece of paper until the letters magically appear through the colours.

As they appear your toddler can sound out each letter or  even try blending a few together.

The full craft instructions are here: Magic Letter Activity.

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Ship Ahoy - Play this fun name game and help kids learn how to spell their first words, their name. A spell your name game for phonics fun.
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Spell their name

The Ship Ahoy – spell your name game can be a fun way to learn letters, and is pictured here.

Your toddler chooses the correct lettered portholes to place on their ship so that they can build up their name.

Or you could try the Blossom name tree name craft. Here your child picks a lettered blossom. They place it on the branches of their ‘tree’ to spell out their name.

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How to start teaching the alphabet to toddlers with first phonics - Alphabet activities for toddlers
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Play around with letter magnets

Letter magnets are so much fun and an easy alphabet toy to play around with.

Either let them line them up on a magnetic white board, or play around with them on the fridge. It all helps them become more familiar with the letter shapes.

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Stomp and spell

Who said learning had to be done at a desk? Not toddlers that’s for sure.

Instead get them to ‘stomp’ on the right letter. Make the sound and watch them go.

As they get older you could move the letters out to build up words.

Find the full learning activity here: Stomp and spell

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Have fun with this glittery letter activity for toddlers. Make glitter letter with this phonics fun activity
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Make glitter letter cards

Some glue and a whole lotta glitter can make letters sparkle and shine.

Try these fun glitter letter cards to jazz up those first abcs.

The full craft can be found here: Glitter letter  activity for toddlers.

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Salt writing tray

This Montessori writing tray can be made with salt or even sugar.

Lay it out and place a large letter in front of it. Let your toddler copy the lines of the letter by writing with their finger. If they make a mistake it’s no problem as they can just shake the tray and start again!

For the full learning activity see the Montessori Writing Tray here.

 

The more toddlers see and hear letter sounds from a young age, the more familiar they will become.

They can set your child onto the right path when it comes to learning their letters, sounds and words in years ahead.

Alphabet activities for toddlers - learning first phonics and letters with games and fun activities