Ever wonder which alphabet toys will last over time? Toys that you can pull out at two years old and continue playing with until they’re five? Me too! Well, preschool Alphabet Toys for Kids are here.
I want to create an environment of “forever toys” and supplies that my boys can use over the next few years.
I want my preschoolers to become familiar with the lines and curves that form a letter, along with being able to toss the letters into a sensory bin (aka under the bed storage bin) for hands-on learning.
From setting up your Breakfast Invitations to Sensory play, this letter supply list is pretty versatile!
Here, you will find a detailed list of letter activities we own, trust, and love for preschoolers.
You don’t need to own a ton.
The Best Toys for Kids
Choosing the best toy for kids can be a daunting task.
Here are the BEST toys for kids of every age and stage.
ABC Toys to Help Letter Recognition
Let’s form and construct letters!
These letter activities are perfect for little hands to visualize better the lines, straights, curves, tunnels, sticks, etc., in a letter. We particularly love the construction build, as seen on number one! Construction Build is a great tool to help see letters as lines and curves and use small hand muscles to prepare a pencil grip.
Related: Here is what the naeyc says about how letter names can cause confusion.
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Which alphabet toy is my favorite? This one. Here, children learn how letters are made up of lines and curves. This is a winner!
Okay, I said the toy above was my favorite, but this is a close favorite. Add these to ice or make CVC words with your kindergartener.
Silicone Alphabet & Number Trays
Yikes! Another winner. These toys take me back to 2017 when I had two toddlers. We still use these trays and love them. Use them for free play or in this ice letter matching game.
Playfoam Alphabet Mat
Have a sensory learner? These mats are a fun way to move and shape letters. A good tool to have on hand as older children are doing homework.
Number Construction Puzzle
This mini puzzle is like the letter construction, only smaller. Another great tool to learn how letters are formed.
A to Z Magnatab
We’ve had this Magnatab for years and love it. The boys use it on their own time to trace letters and practice pencil grip.
Related: How can you use the lacing letters? Try adding them into a sensory bin to dig and find the letters of your child’s name. Even more interesting is that this was one of my first posts and activities on Days with Grey!
Alphabet Games & Books
Did someone say Bingo? I am in! Alphabet bingo is fun to stir discussions about upper and lowercase letters.
This brings me back to my teaching day! My oldest loves Bananagrams and can sometimes beat me. (I better get in some more practice)
Alphabet Go Fish
A hit just like Bingo is Alphabet Go Fish! My preschooler cannot get enough of this game.
Alphabet Bean Bags
Have a place to toss bean bags? Add this collection to your list. Give these letters a toss as you call out the name and sounds it makes.
My First Dictionary
This first dictionary is well-loved. My first grader uses it with homework and flips through it before bedtime. If you don’t have a dictionary, this is your pick.
Want a sweet book to add to your library? Alphabet Adventure is a family favorite.
Toys to Start Writing Letters
Since lines are made of straight and curves, your preschooler can begin exploring this with these alphabet manipulatives. My favorite is the sand tray and deck of sandpaper cards. Great for kinesthetic learners – kids that learn by touching and doing!
Wikki Stix Alphabet Set
Wikki Stix are great. This is a simple sticky tool to form letters.
Slant Board for Writing
Have a child learning to write? Try using a slant board to help more comfortably position the hand.
Sandpapers Letters Boxed Set
Children learn letters with texture using this deck of cards. Highly recommended for tactile learners!
Alphabet Toys to Play with Letters
These alphabet supplies are excellent to keep on hand for spontaneous play. The alphabet bath toys are a fun addition to the tub and adhere to the wall with water. If you do not have a magnetic wall, try using a cookie sheet. They work great!
Related: I wrote a parent’s guide to phonemic awareness to help you understand how to reinforce letter sounds at home.
Alphabet Soup Sorters
These alphabet toys may have a lot of parts or pieces, but it is a playful way to begin talking about beginning sounds. Many colorful images to sort by sound.
Magnetic Letters & Numbers
Does your refrigerator need some letters? I thought maybe. (wink, wink) This colorful set can be used for games like alphabet sorting and poke the alphabet.
Magnetic Letter Kit
This is a more sophisticated letter collection with a carry case to sort each letter. We use this set when wanting to differentiate vowels and consonants.
Zingo! This favorite game makes a fabulous gift for your child or your next birthday party. Preschoolers Swoon over Zingo!
Have a beginning reader? Add these rods to your list to hang out and make simple words. This is an excellent tool to reinforce beginning, middle, and ending letter sounds.
A classic stamp set that has upper and lowercase letters along with numbers. This set comes with one washable stamp pad.
RELATED: Curious how we store all of this? Here are the storage bins we love to use.
Which letter activity will you add to your collection?
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Frequently Asked Questions
This varies! Think stages and ages. Begin with introducing the letters of your child’s name. Next, talk about the letters in family members’ names. Last, begin to share common letters in the alphabet, such as M, S, and T.
When working with small children, the more comfortable they are, the more likely they will take risks. I like to learn which letters my child has identified by playing this letter park activity. Here, I am calling out letters for my child to park his car. It helps me note which letters we may need to continue practicing.
Keep learning the letters fun by taking the pressure off children to memorize letter names. Begin to sprinkle the alphabet in the house, or make a name poster focusing on the letters in your child’s name. Start with these 15 name activities for toddlers and preschoolers.
Suzanne Hines says
These are such GREAT ideas! I just picked up some flash cards at Goodwill yesterday! I know … super outdated and not as fun, but still incredibly useful!