ABC Games for Toddlers

J has become more and more interested in his ABC’s these days.  He sees letters everywhere, but still calls them all S or O.  Because of this new found interest, I’ve followed suit and have come up with some fun ABC games for us to play.

ABC Games for Toddlers

Letter Clank Can

This game is super easy and J has loved it!  I simply took a used coffee can and cut a rectangle hole out of the top, large enough for our magnetic letters to easily fit inside.  I dumped all our magnetic letters in a bowl.  J picked up letters one by one and I told him the correct name of the letter.  He usually repeated the letter’s name, and then dropped the letters into the can.

ABC Games for Toddlers

Masking Tape Letter Painting

This was a fun way for J to practice the letter S.  I simply used masking tape to make a letter S on a sheet of paper.  I let him paint all over the paper, let it dry, then pulled off the tape.  The letter was left white while the rest of the paper was colored.  I suggest that you use cardstock or a thicker paper.  I used just regular computer paper and it tore a bit when I was pulling off the tape.

ABC Games for Toddlers

Letters Hidden in Plastic Eggs

This was a really fun game for J.  I hid our magnetic letters inside plastic Easter eggs.  J opened each egg and found a letter hidden inside.  I named each letter for him as he found them.  We did this game later using the letters of his name…and that was a huge hit.  He really likes spelling his name with us.

ABC Games for Toddlers

Cornmeal Letter Discovery Tray

I showed you this tray last week, but I thought it was appropriate to add it here too.  I simply buried magnetic letters in cornmeal.  J searched through the tray to find the letters and then placed them on the fridge.  As always, I labeled each letter for him as he found them. 

ABC Games for Toddlers

These simple games are great for little ones who are just starting to learn their ABCs.  Do you have any other great ways of introducing letters to tots?

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I was a Mental Health Counselor who worked with children and mothers in both individual and group counseling environments before I became a Stay at Home Mom to two boys. I have a Bachelors Degree in Child Development and Family Studies and a Masters in Counseling where I specialized in Play Therapy.

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  1. says

    My very favorite alphabet book is the entirely playful CURIOUS GEORGE LEARNS THE ALPHABET. I find it has great little-kid appropriate ways of helping point out the different shapes of both the uppercase and lowercase letters.

  2. Anonymous says

    I do a similar activity to your cornmeal dig… With rice!! They love it! It is particularly good with ASD children!

  3. says

    Great list, I will try a couple of these with my 3 year old. Could be good practice with my 5 year old also to have her say the letter sound.

  4. says

    The book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is great for introducing letters. I just point to each letter as I read it to my son. Then on the last past is the whole alphabet with both upper- and lower-case letters. I sing the alphabet (slowly) to him on that page while pointing to the appropriate letter.

    He’s 18 months now and I can ask him “where’s C?” on a page that only has a few letters and he’ll find the right one. The whole alphabet is still too much for him to search, but this book has been wonderful for learning letters so far.

  5. says

    These are great ideas Amanda! Thanks for sharing them. I’ve featured this post on my Weekly Kid’s Co-Op round up for this week!

  6. says

    I love the egg one – my toddler started doing that on his own after he made matching letters into a game while I was making dinner. He would take the letters off of the fridge (when I said the name of one) and put it on his muffin tin. I had to share it –

    After that, I had some plastic eggs that I wrote 2 letter words on, just to have him seeing the letters. He started getting the corresponding letters from the fridge and putting them in the eggs. So clever!!

  7. Anonymous says

    Going fishing with alphabet fish is always fun. You cut out fish from colored card stock or construction paper. Write a letter on one side. Put a paperclip at the mouth. Make a fishing pole from a dowel rod, string, and a magnet. Then go fishing. You can work on color identification, alphabet recognition, phonics, or what word starts with that letter depending on the age of child. It’s a favorite with my preschoolers.


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