Preschool Alphabet Activities get a Head Start on Reading Skills

There are many fun preschool alphabet activities to help you to teach your child alphabet letters and sounds. You probably already do some alphabet activities- singing the ABCs or reading to your preschooler or toddler.

If your child is in preschool, he probably does some form of the letter box activity... sharing an object that begins with the "letter of the week." Continuing the learning at home and using alphabet printables, alphabet games, and other preschool alphabet activities in your child's day can further teach the the letter sounds and early reading to your preschooler.

**One important thing to remember- only give your preschooler 1-3 letters a week (or reinforce the letter from school), let him master them, and then add on. Your preschooler will be identifying letters, using phonics and developing his early reading skills in no time!

Preschool Alphabet Activity

Alphabet Magazine Collage
This easy preschool activity is a great way to explore the sounds of the alphabet.

  • On a piece of paper, have your preschooler write or color in the "letter of the day" (or use my Alphabet Printables- coming soon!)
  • Go through magazines with your child and identify words and pictures beginning with that letter (here are some great ideas for each letter)
  • Cut out the words and pictures and glue them onto the paper to make an Alphabet Collage
Be sure to have your preschooler say the words out loud, focusing on the beginning sounds. Talk about the different sounds that the same letter can make.

ABC Jumping Game
Get your preschooler moving and learning to identify the letters of the alphabet with this preschool alphabet activity. This alphabet game for preschoolers is a great review of already practiced and learned letters.
  • Write the letters of the alphabet (that you have taught your child) on separate sheets of paper
  • Lay the letters on the floor around the room
  • Have your child jump on the letters...
    • as you shout out different letters
    • and have him say the letter he lands on
    • as you hold up a toy that begins with a given letter
    • as you say words beginning with each letter
  • Or- have your child go on a scavenger hunt and place toys, stuffed animals, or household objects on each corresponding letter

Letter Box
Another preschool alphabet activity to practice letter sounds.
  • Use a shadow box, chip and dip tray, or other container with separate compartments
  • Place a letter in each compartment (index cards, alphabet stickers, or letter magnets all work)
  • Give your child small objects or pictures that begin with the letters in the container (object ideas to teach the alphabet)
  • Have your preschooler sort the objects and pictures into the appropriate compartment- saying the words and sounds out loud

I've done several variations of this for different letters. My kids (even when they were younger preschoolers) loved finding the pictures or objects that began with a given letter. Here is an example that I did with the letter "S". They had to put the objects that started with the "S" sound in the container and leave the others out.

Other ABC activities, books, and toys that we love:
  • LeapFrog Fridge Phonics and Word Whammer
  • Melissa & Doug Alphabet Train Floor Puzzle
  • Boogle Jr.
  • Alphabet wall poster from a teacher supply store (hanging this in his room taught my oldest the letters and how to write )
  • Richard Scarry's Best ABC Video Ever!
  • Curious George's ABCs board book by H. A. Rey
  • Dr. Seuss's ABC (Beginner Books) by Dr. Seuss

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