Our toddlers love songs and rhymes. They love touching and feeling (and even tasting) everything around them. Toddlers learn better and retain more when they use more senses.
In this post, I will give you some ideas on how toddlers can use their senses to learn, experience and discover the letters of the alphabet. I am including a few Montessori items as well, in case you were wondering about venturing in that direction. There is a free printable for you as well.
Moveable Alphabet Letters
This is the Montessori Manuscript Moveable Alphabet. It comes in a wooden box with dividers to keep each set of letters organized. All consonants are red and all vowels are blue. We used a simple sentence strip to practice.
Practicing Alphabet Letter Names and Sounds
The Moveable Alphabet is divided into 4 rows. We set out 4 sentence strips. My Toddler (3 years old) took one letter at a time to set them carefully on the red line. She did that for the entire alphabet.
Forming Words and Sentences
After going over the alphabet letters and the letter sounds using the Moveable Alphabet, I asked her which words she would like to learn to spell. Her first choice was her name. Her second choice was “mom.” Her third choice were sight words that she already knows. This makes sense because it was making her feel successful in forming words on her own.
Alphabet Resources that We Love
Relating Letters with Objects
Fun and Discovery with the Alphabet
Behind the foam, there is a cardstock sheet with images. When placed correctly and a letter is removed, an image shows. The image name begins with the letter that was removed. My Toddler had a wonderful time playing the guessing game.
Beginning Sounds in Words
Even my 5-year old enjoyed playing the game of discovering the objects behind the letters. For a higher level game, I was asking Brother to spell the words, if her could. He did a very good job!
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Free Printable Alphabet Letter Cards
I am happy to bring you a set of free printables for you to use in your home to teach your toddler the letters of the alphabet. They are simple, but very helpful. I actually made these back in 2010 when my son was an infant. I printed them out twice and laminated them. One set was at home and the second set was in our restaurant bag.
What’s a restaurant bag? It is the bag where I kept a few snacks for him, bibs, baby wipes and a few items to entertain him. This alphabet set was one of 5 that I had in the restaurant bag and I always took them out while we were waiting for our food. We used these with him until he was about 4 years old, so they last a while and they are easy to travel with.
Get your FREE Alphabet Flashcards here.