Search through your child’s DVD/ video collection (or visit your local library before hand or the Video Store) to find your child’s favourite shows reviewing letters.
There are many different DVD’s and videos to choose from here are a few Preschooler favourites in our house:
· Blue’s Room: Alphabet Power, Viacom International Inc., 2005 – This DVD has two episodes of blue’s Room and two of Blue’s Clues. The first two deal with the alphabet and the last two more with writing and reading.
· Sesame Street: All-Start Alphabet – There’s So Much to See Between A and Z!, Sesame Workshop, 2005 – This fun DVD has capital A and Z interviewing people at a mall about the alphabet while also highlighting each letter with individual skits from the show Sesame Street. Adults might enjoy it because it includes segments with Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, and the Dixie Chicks to name a few of the celebrities featured.
Children aged 4 to 7 might benefit from this DVD we found at the library:
· Leap Frog: Letter Factory, Warner Home Video, 2003—Tad takes a tour of the letter factory and learns each letter sound.
· Rock N Learn: Letter Sounds, Rock ‘N Learn, Inc., 2003 – with songs and computer animation this show highlights the phonetic sounds of the letters.
RUN TO THE LETTER:
Write each letter of the alphabet on your driveway or on the sidewalk at the park where it is safe (away from cars). Then call out the letters one at a time and not in order and have your child run to the letter.
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There are many different websites that offer games for preschoolers. You can find them by looking up your child’s favourite television characters. Here's one from the Sesame Street website: https://www.sesamestreet.org/
Big Bird’s Letter Dance Party: https://www.sesamestreet.org/games?id=25654
If you have an alphabet puzzle this theme day is the perfect time to play with it together.
Play with any other educational toys that focus on the alphabet.
NOTE: This game is to practice matching lowercase and uppercase letters.
Materials: Print out a copy of my Alphabet Memory Game, crayons or markers, coloured paper, glue-stick, scissors (for adult use only), face cloth for sticky fingers.
Step 1: Let your child colour the letters on the Alphabet Memory Game worksheet with crayons or markers.
Step 2: Have your child pick a colour of paper (three sheets of the same colour) to glue the worksheets on to and then help your child apply glue to the back of the worksheet and paste the sheet to a piece of coloured paper.
Step 3: Carefully cut the squares out making 52 cards (you may need to apply more glue).
ALPHABET MEMORY GAME:
You can find many free colouring pages online by using your favourite search engine and typing in “alphabet coloring page” or print out my Alphabet Colouring Page.
Call out the letters and have your child try to form the letter with his/her body. Try making the letters together as well.
Play “I Spy With My Little Eye” only trying to find things that start with each letter of the alphabet.
Step 1: Mix the cards up face down.
Step 2: Place the cards (still face down) in rows.
Step 3: Youngest player goes first and gets to flip over two cards. If the letters match (uppercase and lowercase) that player gets to keep the cards.
Step 4: The next player then goes and turns over two cards, keeping any pairs.
Step 5: Continue to take turns until all the cards are flipped over.
Step 6: The winner is the one with the most cards.
HINT: For younger players play as a team to find matches together.