Toby knows a lot of his alphabet, but we’re still working on letter recognition. So, this summer we spent some time out on the deck playing a letter recognition game. It also incorporates gross motor skills, which was great for getting out that extra energy my toddler has on any given day.
I stumbled across this game idea when sorting through some of the resources that were included in a hand-me-down “learn to read” kit. The kit came with a playing card sized deck of alphabet cards — but also with a set of jumbo cards. These things are huge. And what was neat? The cards have the uppercase letter on one side, and the lowercase letter on the other.
So, I had Toby distribute the cards on our deck randomly — all uppercase letters facing up. Then, I called out a letter and had him find it. Toby had a great time running to the letter, jumping on it, and then flipping the card over to reveal the lowercase version. We ran into a few snags on round two, when there was confusion between the “p” and “d” lowercase cards, but that became a learning opportunity to discuss letters with similar shapes.
This game was easy to get out, easy to pick up, and lots of fun. I love games that help with life skills and learning to read.
Letter Recognition Resources
Letter Recognition Activities + Crafts
- Alphabet Train
- ABC Scavenger Hunt
- Clothespin Letter Match Busy Bag
- 10 Activities for Learning Letters
- The A-Z of Learning Letters. 90+ ways to teach your child all about Letters.
- Literacy Centres: The First Six Months
- Alphabet Pasta Messy Play
- Rainbox Rice Hunt
- Letter Recognition Activity: Alphabet Soup
- Alphabet Construction Site: Letter Recognition for Toddlers
- Favorite Things Letter and Shape Recognition Activity
- Alphabet Sensory Bin
- All About the Alphabet: Fun With Learning Letters
- Melting ABC’s
- How to help your child learn letters and sounds
- Alphabet Match – Preschool Busy Bag
- 5 Ways to Use Letter Manipulatives
Letter Recognition Games
- Alphabet Order Game
- DIY Alphablock Dominoes
- Alphabet Go Fish Game
- Lego Duplo Alphabet Mats
- Alphabet Fall File Folder Game
- Alphabet Game: Runaway Letter
- Magnetic Alphabet Games
- Bang! …The Letter Identification Game
- ABC Letter Stack Game
- Initial Sound Picture Sort
- ABC Bingo + Sight Word Bingo
Writing + Spelling