Tactile-kinstethetic activities (activities that allow your child to touch, feel, and experience) are one of the best ways that a child can learn! Help your child learn letters and sounds through these fun, hands-on activities.
Grab dad’s shaving cream, a cookie sheet, and get ready for some messy (yet effective) letter learning! Spread the shaving cream on the cookie sheet and draw a letter. Talk out loud about how you are forming the letter. For example, “line down, line across” while drawing a letter “L”. Ask your child to trace over your letter and then copy their own!
Squish, squeeze, roll, and mold your child’s favorite color Play-Doh into different letters! After forming a letter like “S”, help your child think of words that start with that sound. Then, form the Play-Doh into that object, like a snake for “S” or a ball for the letter “B”!
Involve your child’s senses as they learn letters and sounds! Take a medium to large container and add a filler such as sand, corn kernals, dried beans, or rice. Then, go on a scavenger hunt around the house with your child for objects that begin with each letter of the alphabet. For example, a small alligator figurine for the letter A, a ball for the letter B, a toy race car for the letter C. Add these items to your bin. Your child will love feeling around in the bin for objects. Have him or her pull one out, name it, and try to figure out what sound it begins with!
Foam letters are a great way to expose your child to print during bathtime! You can put them in your child’s bath and then together stick them on the wall as you sing the “ABC’s” or form words with them. Learning the letters in their own name is a great first word for your child to learn to spell!