How to Help Your Preschooler Learn The Alphabet

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How to Help Your Preschooler Learn The Alphabet

One of the biggest things we’re working on right now with our kids is learning the alphabet. From their curriculum at preschool to what is done at home, we’re always thinking of how to help your preschooler learn the alphabet.

Since my son is entering kindergarten in the Fall I want to make sure that he has every opportunity to explore the alphabet and get a head start on what he’ll be learning in the classroom.

I also need to make sure I’m making it fun for him too. Because if he isn’t interested, he isn’t going to participate at all! 

How to Help Your Preschooler Learn The Alphabet

In Every Day Life

  • Placemats: Consider using alphabetical placemats during mealtime. Not only is it always visible but some even come with dry erase markers so your child can trace the letters as they eat.
  • Magnets: Keep the letters visible by adding alphabet magnets on the fridge. My kids LOVE playing with these all the time and are now trying to create names out of the letters.
  • Books: access to books (consider creating a kids reading nook to make it inviting).

Kids Reading Nook Idea - Access to Books

In The Car

  • Music: Consider making a few CDs with alphabet songs.
  • Tracing: We found some awesome dry erase boards in the dollar section at Target (they’re also at the dollar store too!) that we take whenever we’re in teh car. Kids can practice their letters while driving around.
  • Sight Letters: Point out letters on signs, buildings, etc and see if your child can recognize them. Or point out pictures on billboards and see if they know what letter the photo starts with.

Out In The World

  • Draw letters in the ground: draw letters in the sand at the beach or in the dirt at the playground. Let your child trace them and/or draw their own.
  • Use other objects: find sticks to create letters on the ground or rocks and pebbles. Make it fun and creative to get the kids involved.
  • Point things out: point out the letters on license plates or signs. Every day when we walk to the community garden we point out the letters on the street signs and license plates as we pass them.

alphabet worksheet for preschoolers finished project

Activities to Do:

  • Alphabet Worksheets: Use printable worksheets to work your way through the alphabet. Put together each page and create an alphabet book.
  • Letters Out Of Cereal: Grab some dark colored construction paper and use white glue to make a letter. Have your child place cereal on top of the glue to “trace” the letters. Make an alphabet book out of their work.
  • Craft and Create: Let your child craft out letters with anything she can. My son used to use crayons, beads, all kinds of things…
  • Stamp it up: Create some fun potato stamps to let your kids play around with stamping different simple words (like their name).
  • Use Sensory Tools: Cut out letters from sandpaper so they can trace them and feel them.

Apps and Technology

  • Dinosaur Train A-Z: Dinosaur Train A to Z is the ultimate dinosaur app from the hit PBS KIDS show Dinosaur Train. The app not only help kids build reading skills, but also will encourage the exploration of life science and natural history through discovery, play and reading. Targeting kids ages 3-6, the app is designed to extend the series’ science curriculum and PBS KIDS’ focus on STEM education. Through the letters of the alphabet, kids will learn about 26 dinosaurs by touching and feeding them, x-raying them, discovering dinosaur facts and more.
  • Leapfrog Letter Factory: This is a great DVD that encourages kids to explore letters. You can also find some Leapfrog programming on Netflix too. Once my kids found them they couldn’t turn them off!
  • Other Educational Apps: Check out these 10 best iPad apps for preschoolers if you’re looking for other ways to incorporate the alphabet into their everyday learning and play.

How do you help your preschooler learn the alphabet?

 Disclaimer: I received a free code to download Dinosaur Train A to Z from PBS Kids. Regardless, I only promote products and companies I believe in. All opinions are 100% my own. 

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  1. These are some great tips! My daughter gets so bored with repetition that she hates learning to count/the alphabet. We have to find creative ways to present things to her.

  2. Thank you for these great tips! We are working hard on learning the letters!

  3. I do like all the helpful apps there are now for teaching your kids the alphabet. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. I have a little 2-year old that will be learning his alphabet soon.

  4. Fabulous tips! When I taught K/1 (15 years ago when they were still learning letters in K) I LOVED when we’d put shaving cream on the tables and have them do the alphabet in the cream with their fingers!

  5. We used the foam alphabet letters in the tub. We would identify them as she played, but mainly we would make a game out of putting them away in order, so I would say the letter, she would find it, and say the letter again when she was putting it away.

    She was really interested in learning letters, color, and shapes, so as much as I could, I would identify those things as we played.

  6. When I taught kindergarten, it was the Leapfrog DVD that got them all on track with their letters and sounds. My kids LOVE that DVD! And now, with apps being so common and used, it’s great to have good ones. We’ll have to try out the Dinosaur Train app. My kids love PBS. 🙂

  7. This is a great post. My two year old daughter can say and recognize most of the alphabet. Couple ways that helped her learn are alphabet cookie cutters and alphabet apps on my phone. She will blurt out letters she sees while we are walking in the mall.

  8. Lots of great ideas here! We used lots of books for both girls to learn the alphabet. Thankfully they picked it up quick. Both are avid readers now.

  9. I’m doing this with my twins right now, I appreciate all the tips I can get – thank you!

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