Toys and Games that Help Teach the Alphabet


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Teaching your child the ABCs is a fun and rewarding time for both you and your child. There are many different methods to teach the ABCs and it is always best to go at your child’s pace. Let’s look at some fun toys and games to teach the ABCs.

Alphabet puzzles made from wood are a great way to learn the ABCs. Playing with 3D wooden puzzles not only teaches your child the ABCs, but they also learn shapes and colors. If you don’t like working with wood, you can purchase a Styrofoam set of ABCs or even a magnetic set. These are all great tool to teach the ABCs to your child.

Play the “I Spy” game with your child. This is a fun game to play with the whole family as you can sit in a circle and start pointing out objects in your home and what letters correspond to them. You can also play other games with your child to teach the ABCs. Using the flashcards is a fun game to play when your child starts to recognize the letters. They are able to read through the flashcards quicker and this allows them to challenge their mind.

Magnetic letters are a perennial favorite.Magnetic letters are a perennial favorite.

Another great way to teach the ABCs that has been proven effective is to make letters with your children. Pick a letter for the day and make cookies or letters in play-dough. Even going outside in the sandbox and drawing the letter in the sand is an easy way to learn the ABCs.

Colorful alphabet picture books are available most everywhere and are a great tool for your child to learn the ABCs as they can point out the letters they know, as well as the colors, shapes, animals, and other objects.

Nowadays you can find many toys and games to teach the ABCs. There are electronic games and even laptops for children that focus on teaching the ABCs. You can even find a computer program that is like a video game that teaches the ABCs to your child.

Another popular game that teaches the ABCs is the Circle of Friends Puzzle. This puzzle is unique because it has two circles around the earth. The first circle features different children of the world and the second circle features the ABCs of the animals of the world. This is a great learning tool for your child to learn their ABCs.

Listening to stories is a wonderful way to start teaching the ABCs. By age two or three your child should be frequently reading books and recognizing that books contain letters. Starting with your child’s name is also a fun way to start teaching the ABCs. You can point out each letter in their name and have them sound out the letter with you. This will help them to learn quickly since they are used to hearing their name being called. Buying books on tape are a great way for your child to learn the ABCs since they will relate the story and the words with certain letters.
Walk outside and point out what letters correspond to. You can identify the letter T with a tree or F with a fence. This soon can become a fun game with your child as you encourage them to find letters that correspond to objects in nature.

Whatever way you decide to teach the ABCs to your child, be creative. Take ordinary household items and turn it into a game with your child. Baking cookies in the shapes of letters is another great way to teach the ABCs to your child and a tasty snack to follow!

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