9 Letter Recognition Activities Your Kids Will Actually Want To Play!

We know how proud you feel when your little one is ready to master the alphabet. It is an important milestone and the first step to mastering a whole new language. So why not make it as fun as possible for your child?

Here are a list of fun activities to learn letters. Most of these activities can be played indoors and it doubles up as a fun game coupled with essential learning.

1. BUTTON LETTER CRAFT 

Teaching your child the letters means not just letter identification, but sounds, shapes, and upper and lowercase recognition. So to make this a fun activity we made upper case button letters and while we made them we tried to think of all the words we could that started with the same sounds. This is part of our Alphabet For Starters series, the goal for this series is to provide hands-on ways to explore letters while also developing other areas like fine motor development, math skills and more.

BUTTON LETTER CRAFT – ALPHABET FOR STARTERS

2. PAINTING WITH COOKIE CUTTERS

Use alphabet cookie cutters and paints to create easy recognition. Ask your child to colour inside the cutters and then lift the cutter up to see their creation. It is so much fun to watch your child be amazed each and every time! This is such an easy way to play with letters. There is no structure just colours, tools, and exploration.

PAINTING WITH COOKIE CUTTERS

3. MAGIC LETTERS

Crayon resist painting is a classic children’s art project and can easily be used to teach them letters. Just use white and yellow crayons to write the letters and ask them to use a dark water colour to sweep over it.

ALPHABET FOR STARTERS – MAGIC LETTERS

4. BUILD WITH LETTERS

Use old shoe boxes or other waste material and paint huge letters on them. This could help your child put together words. It also allows for easy recognition because it is a tactile activity.

BUILD WITH LETTERS – ALPHABET FOR STARTERS

5. FUNNY FONT COLLAGE 

Draw a big letter on a piece of card sheet and write the same letter in different ways and font on tiny pieces of paper. Ask your child to stick the tiny pieces on the big letter they think it belongs on. This will improve font and cursive writing recognition.

FUNNY FONT COLLAGE – LETTER RECOGNITION

6. MOVE & GROOVE – GROSS MOTOR ALPHABET GAME

Use painters tape to stick letters on the floor and tell your children to spell a word or if they are very young sound out the letter ask them to jump to it. You could even put on some music and model the activity to your child's skill and comfort level.

MOVE & GROOVE – GROSS MOTOR ALPHABET GAME

7. LETTER SNOWMAN

Make a snowman for the season and use vegetables or tiny stamps to stamp his belly. Get your kids to stamp out their name inside the snowman and take ownership of it. Get creative with the activity!

LETTER SNOWMAN

8. LEAF MATCHING PUZZLES

Looking for a fun way to practice number and letter recognition? Then this activity should help! Draw a leaf and cut it in half. Write upper and lower case letters on each half of the leaf or write a number and draw dots, stripes or any other design and ask your child to match the 'puzzle' together.

LEAF MATCHING PUZZLES

9. CORK BOARD LETTERS

Stick push pins on a cork board and give your child rubber bands or thread and help them make letters on the board with the help of the strategically placed pins. They can make shapes, spell out simple words, or for the younger ones just learn to recognize the letters.

CORK BOARD LETTERS

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