5 Simple & Fun Ways to Learn the LETTER A with Toddlers
Miss Emory is now 2 and a half. I felt that with the New Year here I would take the time to introduce her to the ABCs. Many times this begins at the beginning of the school year, but she was a new two and no where close to learning the ABCs. However, now that we have been crafting, reading and singing on the daily, I think she is ready. Now, she is only 2. I am not expecting her to learn the sounds, to be able to write the letters or even be able to hear it in a word. I simply want to take time to introduce her to the letters. That being said, I decided to start with the letter A. I mean it is at the beginning so it makes sense, right? Here are my simple and fun ways to learn the letter A with toddlers.
Throughout the whole ABC learning experience we will be reading books that include ALL the letters of the alphabet. We will also have books that focus on items that start with that letter. This week is A. Book topics include, airplanes, astronauts, ants and apples. I found a bunch at our local library and she is already loving them. Do not be afraid to look at nonfiction books. Even if it is too much to read, often times kids love looking at the pictures.
2. Letter A Box
This was SUPER easy in a very hard way! I created a box of toys that begin with the letter a. My head was stuck on Apples. (If you would like to include the study of apples check out some apple ideas here!) I could not figure out what else began with A! However, I finally got my act together and found quite a few items. These were just things I had around my house. The box will stay out as long as we are talking about the letter A.
What is in my box?
- alligator (a toy car type)
- puzzle piece
- artic fox
3. Movement cards
I find that the more children do with learning, the more senses are involved the better they learn. With my movement cards children are able to use the pictures to see what the item is that begins with A. Then act out the motion including their whole brains in the learning. My oldest loved telling the younger what to do and they ended up doing this activity much longer than I had anticipated. You can get your own letter A movement cards below.
4. Letter A book
I created this little booklet to help with picture/ word association. It is always fun to have a little book that a young child can read. They simply look at the picture and see the word. This is just a beginning to reading. My 2-year-old loved having her sister and I read it to her and she repeated the words. She is still growing her vocabulary and this is an excellent tool. Melody, my oldest, loved reading it for herself. I also made her trace the letters instead of coloring them in. You can get the book for yourself below.
5. A is for Airplane
This is also my craft for the week, with my crafts for the year program. We will be creating an entire book with all the letters. Here we have a is for airplane. My girls love crafts and this one was simply and easy to put together. If you like this simple craft and would like more sign up by clicking here.
Well there you have it, 5 simple and fun ways to learn the letter A. Stay tuned for A is for Ant day! Be sure to follow on Instagram @todays_little_moments so that you do not miss out on anything!