I - Spy Alphabet Rice Sensory Bag
I filled a gallon freezer bag with rice, alphabet beads, colored pony beads and other fun things (for another activity afterwards). I also had a simple alphabet printout sheet next to it. As he spied the letters he would circle them on the sheet!
Foot Print Alphabet Game
For this one, I simply cut out 26 dinosaur foot prints but you could easily use your child's hand or foot prints too! I wrote a letter on each one. To start we put them all on the floor and he simply had to find the letters to build the alphabet. We used a toy dinosaur to lead the way for some dramatic play (keep the dino off the lava!) and the gross motor play of winding through the house was fun too. (Write numbers on the back and you have a different skills game!)
Cookie Sheet Magnet Scramble
Oh so easy, I hate to include it! If you need something to fill a little time or occupy a younger child. Cookie sheets from the dollar store and magnets are a great match. We simply un-jumbled them and put them in order! If I get a bit crafty, I would love to print out and laminate a picture for each with the correct phonetic sound. Maybe someday soon ;)
Pool Noodle Alphabet Letters Lacing or Stacking
Fishing for letters:
Alphabet Paper Chain Making:
Catch a Letter Water Play & Alphabet Wash Sensory Bins
This is an easy water bin that I fill with foam letters and a fish tank net from the pet store (great for sensory bins). Liam simply caught a letter, named it, thought of a word and worked on the sound the letter made. Also check out our alphabet wash we did in the Spring! (post here)
I hope you have enjoyed another collection of very easy (almost too easy) DIY alphabet activities! There are so many ways to tweak each activity to meet the developmental needs of the individual child. Make it easier, make it harder, but just make it! Homemade activities are so much fun and they teach children that many things can be made and not bought! Although some items, of course, are purchased for these activities, they are easily reused for a variety of other activities!
So many great ideas for alphabet activities. Check out the posts below and leave me a comment with a favorite activity your family enjoys!