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Teaching Toddlers Letters in Fun Ways
Teaching letters to a 2 or 3-year-old can be quite a challenge. So I set out on a mission to find fun and creative ways to teach my toddler. I read close to 35 articles and came up with 5 of the best. With only these articles, there are hundreds of different fun activities you can use to teach your toddler letters.
All of these articles are geared more towards the beginnings of teaching letters or the 2 to 3-year-old age group. I have tried to sum up the articles and focus on things I love about each one.
The Measured Mom
Anna, from The Measured Mom, has great resources on teaching 2 and 3-year-old toddlers letters. Check out the measured mom website here. Just a warning, you can get lost on this site with so many tools for teaching.
- She has written a curriculum for preschool.
- Free e-mail series on how to teach letters.
- Free printables for each letter
- Different things to do with each letter
- Letter of the week type of learning
Entertain Your Toddler
I’m sure you know this by now, but I am a huge fan of sticky notes. So when I came across this article using sticky notes that involves a race which also teaches letters, I had to try it for myself. My toddler LOVED it! She had so much fun running back and forth. Take a look at this easy and mess free activity.
Karen, from Entertain Your Toddler, also has other activities on her site that I think my toddler would enjoy including:
Paper Heart Family
Brenda from Paper Heart Family first explains on her Alphabet Recognition post ” There are things that HAVE to happen in order for it to be a good experience for both parent and child”. Some things I liked on her site were:
- She has a free 5-day step-by-step plan to help you start to teach your child letters
- 8 games for pre-school kids to play to help practice letter recognition. Most will also get your toddler moving around.
- Each game is easy to set up and most are mess free.
Thrifty Pittsburgh Girl
This is a super simple craft for letters from Bethany at Thrifty Pittsburgh Girl. Here are some of the things I love about it:
- It can be reused.
- Easy to store.
- Helps your toddler learn the shapes of the letters in a fun way.
- Minimal mess
Bethany also has “26 Children’s Books: A-Z Inspiration”, another great article that helps reinforce letters.
Amy at Wildflower Ramblings has resources for different age groups. She covers topics for homeschool, tot school, and preschool.
This article is also using a letter of the week, but with Montessori type of learning activities. This post is great because there are also other useful learning activities that go along with the letter for that week.
- Book of the week
- Practical life skills
- Math activities
- Sensory activities including sensory bins
I also created a fun way to teach my toddler her letters and so much more. I found my toddler always running off with my phone to take pictures, so I created a photo scavenger hunt to help her learn while having fun with the pictures. Check out the full scavenger hunt here.
There are so many different methods out there on how to teach letters. These articles give a great range of ideas including some that are more “traditional” learning and others that are more interactive. All children are different so to find the right teaching methods, you have to try a bunch of things to see what works best for your little one.