There are a handful of preschool alphabet toys that I’m crazy about.
Ever wonder which ABC supplies will last over time?
Ones that you can pull out at two, and then again at age five?
Me too! I want to know that I only have to hit that add to cart button one time, and my collection is set.
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 be able 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.
Here, you will find a detailed list of letter activities for preschoolers that we own, trust, and love. You don’t need to own a ton. Just a few that you can use in a couple of different ways!
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Hands-on Letter Activities
Let’s form and construct letters!
These letter activities are perfect for little hands to better visualize 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 letter as lines and curves, along with using small hand muscles to prepare pencil grip.
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Here is how we use these ice trays!
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 very first posts and activities on Days with Grey!
Start Writing Letters
Since lines are made of straights 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
You can also practice making letter formations on the floor with painter’s tape. See how HERE.
Alphabet Mats (different than one shown above)
RELATED: See the sand tray in use on my friend, Susie from Busy Toddler’s page! She tried it with salt.
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 a little water. If you do not have a magnetic wall, try using a cookie sheet. They work great!
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?