ABC adventure activities - Fun projects for children to learn the letters of the alphabet. All free!
ALPHABET ADVENTURES—learn the letters of the alphabet (ABC’s)
Surround your child with letters
Pre-school children need to learn the shapes, names and sounds of 26 different letters—52 shapes, really, because the lower case letters only somewhat resemble the capital letters-- and then throw in 10 numerals. This is a lot to learn when you’re 3 or 4 years old. This is why we try to make the letters of the alphabet as vivid and “real” as possible. On this page are games and activities to help young students learn the letters.
Use what your kid (or kids) finds interesting and fun. Kids like things they can do, color, decorate, and manipulate. Make it an alphabet adventure!
Letter Learning Activities - Click on an activity, pattern, or online application:
Clothesline Letters — spell
names or words from letters arranged on a string.
Print out very large letters—up to 3 feet tall. Besides
being almost as tall as the child., these letters can be decorated with
pictures of objects beginning with that letter.
Alphabet cookies — traditional way to teach alphabet letters.
Decorate them with icing or sprinkles. Chocolate chip cookies can
have chocolate chips on top, outlining the letter to emphasize it.
Foam letters (to cut out and decorate and play with)
Felt Animals to represent every letter, to go on a flannel
board, and to play with (can also be printed out on paper)
Finger-paint the letters — easier to draw with a finger
than with a pencil or pen. Finger-paint recipe included.
Letters on cards — Print and
decorate your own letter cards. Flash cards shouldn't be dull.
Letter Sounds — online games to learn the
sounds represented by the letters.
Palm Letters — spelling letters in the hand (sort of like
reading a palm)
Learn Letters - online game to construct
the shapes of the letters of the alphabet from circles and lines.
A slightly different way to look at the lower-case letters, and makes the
letters while involving less fine hand-eye coordination.
Color Letters – print out and color the
letters with an animal whose name begins with that letter.
How do you begin teaching the letters of the alphabet to a child?
with that most important word—your child’s name. From the clothesline alphabet
(the letters that fold over and stand up by themselves on a table, or that
drape over a clothesline), or the Letter Cards print out the letters of your child’s first name
(the short form, if there is one) and have the child color the letters and
help put them in order. Name each letter as you arrange it. The next time
you can do your child’s last name, and then middle name and then maybe the
long form of the child’s first name. The child does not have to spell the
name at this point; only to name the letters in his name. This makes learning
the letters personal and important. Because it is something important to
the child—his own name--the child “owns” his learning, and will be excited
Free Reading Programs and Maps:
U.S. Map Puzzle
Learn the states of the United States and their capitals with this fun and educational puzzle game. How fast can you put all of the states in the right places?
Learn to Read by Reading with:
"When learning to read is fun, children read"