As more and more education systems choose to reopen next school year, parents and teachers may be faced with upcoming months of digital education. We want to encourage learning—especially when our pre-school-aged students are learning numbers, letter, and small words. Using simple items around your home, you can encourage your young learner to get excited about letters with these simple, fun, and educational activities!

Letter Hop

Items Needed:

  • Paper or paper plates
  • Marker
  • Tape (optional)

Write a letter on each piece of paper or paper plate and tape them to the floor. Encourage your child to jump from letter to letter, sounding the letter out loud. If you have an older student or child who is working on smaller words, have them jump from C to A to T while sounding out the letter along the way and finishing with the full word. You can also include upper and lowercase letters or numbers to help learn as well.

Letter Peel

Items Needed:

  • Painter’s tape
  • Paper

Using a large piece of paper taped on the wall at the height of your child, put all the letters of the alphabet randomly and spaced apart. Write corresponding letters on the painter’s tape, rip them out individually, and attach them to the wall within reach of your child. Then allow your child to pick off the tape letters and put them on top of the letter on the paper. You can use your creativity here as well! You can have them match the upper and lowercase version of each letter, or they can match a numerical number with the spelled out number.

Letter Tray

Items Needed:

  • Rice or sprinkles/salt/sugar/
  • Tray or plate
  • Writing utensil
  • Paper
  • Marker

Start by writing the alphabet on individual pieces of paper. (You could use the Letter Hop letters here). With the tray or plate of your choice, fill it and cover the bottom with sprinkles, rice, flour, sugar, etc.  Using the letter cards and a pencil, have your young learner draw that letter in the sprinkles using their writing utensil. This activity also prepares your child to hold a writing utensil. If you find he/she is struggling, try swapping it out for something thicker like a marker. When done with that letter, just shimmy the tray to “erase” the letter and move on to the next.

Hopefully these activities get your students or children excited about the alphabet and gives them a new perspective on learning.