Over the past couple of weeks, we have covered a lot of information regarding teaching children the alphabet. Along the way, I have shared some activities to help you work with your child and hope that you have found a few things that both of you enjoy. In this last post of the series, I wanted to share a few of my favorite alphabet books, as well as some commercially available games/toys, as well. There are affiliate links to Amazon included with some of them, which means that I will receive a small portion of the cost if you should decide to purchase, but many of these items are also available in locations online, as well as local stores.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin - Still one of my favorite alphabet books, and children love it as well. If you haven’t already heard it, be sure to listen to Ray Charles reading the book right here!
Eating The Alphabet by Lois Ehlert - While focusing on capital and lower-case letters, children are introduced to fruit and vegetables from around the world.
It Begins With An A by Stephanie Calmenson - This book is filled with rhyming riddles that highlight an object that begins with each letter.
My Awesome Alphabet Book by Dawn Machell- One of my grandson’s very favorite books, the pages are cut into the shape of the letter and each one is filled with words that begin with that letter.
Games and Toys:
Letter Construction Set by Learning Resources - I highlighted this toy recently on Instagram. Similar to the wooden shapes from Handwriting Without Tears, this set includes straight snd curved pieces of various sizes, as well as cards that illustrate how to use them to construct each letter, both capital and lower-case. The hands-on nature of actually building the letters is a great way to enhance the learning of letters in a meaningful way.
Fridge Phonics by Leap Frog - This fun set can be found at many retail stores, as well as online. Each letter has a song that highlights its sound when it is placed in the school bus. My grandkids love it!
Alphabet Magnets by Melissa and Doug - This set of wooden magnets is colorful and includes both capital and lower-case letters.
Alphabet Magnets by EduKid Toys (available at Walmart) - Bright and sturdy, these solid color magnets has both capital and lower-case letter and is another great set for the refrigerator or for use on cookie sheets for a mobile option.
Boggle Junior by Hasbro - This is a great toy that will grow with a child from the time he is able to match letters, to the time he can spell simple words. Your child can look at the picture and its label and match the letters, or you can flip the cover up over the word and let them spell it themselves before checking their answer.
Alphabet Stamps - Whether just free play stamping the paper, or using them for spelling specific words, these are fun to keep on hand. Wouldn’t spelling homework be more fun if you could use stamps instead of writing?
Alphabet Floor Puzzles - Available in many different stores (I've linked to one we own), these are great for both learning and reviewing the alphabet.