The alphabet can seem like an overwhelming thing to have to teach, but teaching toddlers letters can be fun and easy with a few games and activities to help you along the way!
Before you can start teaching phonics or helping your child learn to read, you really need to help them learn the alphabet in general!
These fun alphabet letters printables and learning letters activities will give you a ton of ideas for helping your child learn their letters!
8 Fun Ways to Teach the Alphabet
Whether you’re looking for a quiet activity to do on a rainy afternoon, or something a little more active, this list has something for every child!
Printable Alphabet Activities
Starting off with printable alphabet activities, these ideas are all instantly available as downloads and can be printed again and again for learning fun!
1. Alphabet Matching Game
A fun and easy activity that can be printed and ready to play in just a few minutes. I reinforced each letter name as he placed them on their match, and he repeated after me about 90% of the time! We played it several times in a row!
This is a great way to solidify uppercase alphabet letters before moving on to lower case letters!
GET THE DETAILS: Alphabet Matching Game
2. Beginning Sounds Printable
If you want a little downtime during the day, these phonics worksheets for beginning sounds is a great way to let your child practice early reading skills!
You can also add the extra layer of coloring after your child has matched the beginning letter sounds to the correct pictures. This will help them with pencil grip and will give you a few extra minutes before the next activity!
Print them as many times as you want for an easy early reading activity!
GET THE DETAILS: Beginning Sounds Phonics Worksheets
3. Alphabet Go Fish
This set of printable letter cards can be used for 5 different games to strengthen alphabet skills!
Play alphabet go-fish by letter shape or sounds or by calling out the item name (hat, cat, and so on), play a matching game, or use the alphabet cards to play memory!
GET THE DETAILS: Alphabet Go Fish Printable Card Set
Games and Activities for Learning Letters
These alphabet learning games and activities will keep them active and burning energy for an easier bedtime! Easy to put together and fun to play over and over again while helping your child learn their alphabet letter shapes and sounds!
4. The Slap Game:
While the name may have you worried, no one actually gets slapped! The slapping happens on a chalkboard, blackboard, or large piece of paper.
This is a game I developed during my time as a kindergarten teacher and it was always a huge success with my students! It’s a super fun and active way to test letter recognition.
You can also work on letter sounds, numbers, shapes, and more with this easy to set up game for learning the alphabet!
GET THE DETAILS: The Slap Game Alphabet Activity
5. Around the House Alphabet Hunt
Not only is this a great way to learn letter recognition for toddlers, but it will help wear them out a little so that they fall asleep even faster!
In addition to just calling out uppercase letters, you can also create letters in different colors and throw in lowercase letters when your child is ready!
GET THE DETAILS: Learning Idea from: Busy Toddler
6. Cotton Swab Letter Painting
Such a fun activity that keeps them relatively still and in one place so you can catch your breath while teaching your toddler letters!
This alphabet activity also helps with pencil grip as they hold the cotton swab to dot the letter lines!
GET THE DETAILS: Learning Idea from: The Stay At Home Mom Survival Guide
7. Alphabet Paper Flower Garden
Grow the alphabet in this fun toddler letters activity! You could even print out flower outlines in black and white and let your child color them before cutting them out and “planting” them in the contact paper garden!
Since it uses contact paper (which we love around here) you can use it over and over again! As your child masters uppercase letters, you can also add lowercase letters and even work on spelling and reading simple words!
GET THE DETAILS: Learning Idea from: No Time for Flash Cards
8. Feed the Alphabet Monster
Spark their imaginations with the fun letter recognition game that let’s them feed the monster whatever letter it happens to be craving! We pair this with some silly monster voices for maximum giggles and learning!
If you don’t have a wipes box or that many bottle caps, you can also use a shoebox and pieces of cardboard to make your alphabet monster!
GET THE DETAILS: Learning Idea from: I Can Teach My Child