New friends may be poems but old friends are alphabets. Don't forget the alphabets because you will need them to read the poems. -William Shakespeare.
Teaching the alphabet is the very foundation of reading, writing and linguistic learning. There are many approaches, both traditional and modern of teaching the alphabet to children. But what probably works best in today’s world is a fusion of fun, learning and laughter!
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But first, check out our comprehensive list of how to teach the alphabet to pre-schoolers and kids!
1. ABC Flashcards:
Age- 18 months+
What it is: Set of double-sided cards with colourful hand-drawn illustrations on the front, and an informative back side with upper + lower case letters, and examples of words beginning with each letter.
Why we like it: These First Fun Flashcards make learning the A-B-Cs a fun and interactive experience for pre-schoolers. Children learn through a 3-stage learning process and it enables them to know the alphabets and recognize the images. These are thicker than most flashcards and cannot be spoiled even if children put them in their mouth or bend them.
Average Amazon User Rating- 5 on 5
2. Leapfrog Laptop:
Age- 2 years+
What it is: Kids Laptop
Why we like it: There are 4 learning modes on this cool and colourful laptop (ABCs, Message, Games and Music), and 26 fun animal animations. In ABC mode, children can hear the letter, the letter sound, and a word using that letter. This toy is part of your child’s growing up process even after picking up alphabets. Its large screen enables big pretend play to send mails, learn animal names and do a karaoke with 16 songs and melodies. Computer literacy merges with entertainment!
Average Amazon User Rating- 4.5 on 5
3. ABC Wooden Puzzle:
Age- 3 years +
What it is: Wooden ABC puzzle board.
Why we like it: It’s a perfect and safe toy to learn ABC, counting and colours. It improves motor skills, problem-solving skills and hand-eye coordination.
Average Amazon User Rating- 4.1 on 5
4. The Big Book Of ABC:
Age- 2 years+
What it is: ABC Big Book.
Why we like it: It’s a simple way to learn the alphabets as the child takes a tour to spot and learn about amazing ants, big brown bears, coy cats, dancing ducks and lazy lions. The combination of gorgeous illustrations, simple facts and little letters that fill each page makes it a great book to share with a child.
Average Amazon User Rating- 4.8 on 5
5. The Big Picture Book:
Age- 1 year+
What it is: Big Alphabet Picture Book.
Why we like it: It’s probably the best to get your little one started before he/she graduates to the other toys. Identification is easy with large pictures of animals and objects. The child also learns to visually associate the alphabet with the animal or object.
6. Sound Book of ABC:
Age- 2 years +
What it is: Sound book that teaches alphabets.
Why we like it: Each alphabet has a special sound that is attached to it and this sound book takes care of the need to communicate these sounds to the child. The book comes with illustrations and fun activities for beginners to learn the sounds of the alphabets and relate to them to strengthen the basics of linguistic learning.
Average Amazon User Rating- 4.3 on 5
- 7. Alphabet Puzzle:
- Age- 1 year+
- What it is: Wooden peg puzzle featuring 26 pieces from A to Z.
- Why we like it: This alphabet puzzle has easy-grasp pegs that reveal a colourful picture under each piece, enabling the child to match the letters successfully with the pictures as they assemble the puzzle. Letter recognition and pre-reading skills are thus ensured.
- Average Amazon User Rating- 4.4 on 5
- 8. Alphabet Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle:
- Age- 2years +
- What it is: Wooden Animal Puzzle teaching alphabets and numbers.
- Why we like it: The bright graphic design helps letter and number recognition for children and teaching is made easy. This jigsaw puzzle is custom made with quality wood, and comes in small woods of 26 different colours to keep the child interested in play. 26 alphabets feature on one side of the woodwork, while 1-26 numbers are displayed on the other side. Apart from the entertainment quotient on offer, this puzzle improves eye-hand coordination, matching skills, problem-solving skills and thinking ability in children.
Average Amazon User Rating- 4.2 on 5
People also ask
What is the best order to teach the alphabet to pre-schoolers?
Initially, introduce more commonly used letters. For example, m, s, f, c, p, t are more commonly used than say q, v, z and x. Keep the least frequently used letters until later in the teaching program. Introduce at least 1 or 2 short vowels early on in the program and then one at the end of the next sequence and so on.
How do you teach alphabets to pre-schoolers in a fun way?
Read books for each letter. Engage in fine motor activities. Teach simple rhymes and songs. Create fun crafts and art projects.
What age should a child say ABC's?
A child should be able to recite the alphabet anywhere between the age of 2 and 4. This is also the time when they should be able to distinguish between the different colours and shapes.
Is there a word with all 26 letters?
While there is no word, there are sentences that have all 26 letters. An English pangram is a sentence that contains all the 26 letters of the English alphabet. The most well-known English pangram is, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”. A more recent pangram is “Amazingly few discotheques provide jukeboxes.”