Think beyond the typical alphabet song when creating alphabet activities with your preschooler and play some fun and silly games!
Alliterative Creatures: With your preschooler's help, create an entire menagerie of alphabet creatures. Cut the alphabet letters out of posterboard or heavy construction paper and use googly eyes, pom pons, yarn and other craft materials to decorate them, creating alliterative animals or creatures for each letter. Some ideas include Emily Eagle for the letter E, Griffin the Giraffe for the letter G or Zach the Zebra for the letter Z. For letters that you cannot think of an animal, ask your preschooler for suggestions for zany creature names.
Going On A Letter Hunt: As preschoolers grow and develop and are able to recognize letters on their own, try this fun indoor game. Challenge your preschooler to find a letter in your home. The best place to search for letters is in your kitchen pantry and refrigerator. Food products often have lots of letters for preschooler's to discover. To begin the game, ask your child to find a letter, such as "C", and set a timer. See how long it takes your child to find the letter "C" in the pantry. See if he can beat his time with the next letter. You can easily adapt this game for long car rides and ask preschoolers to find letters on road signs or license plates.
Letter Bingo: Create simple Bingo cards using cardboard or heavy construction paper. Place a grid of fifteen to twenty alphabet letters on the card and give your preschooler a Bingo marker or round stickers to mark the letters he finds. Call out letters at random and see which letters your child can recognize. Switch roles and allow your child to call out the Bingo letters while you mark a card.
Alphabet Books: For a quieter activity, read a few alphabet books with your child. Some preschool favorites include:
Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood
I Spy: An Alphabet in Art by Lucy Micklethwait
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.
The Absolutely Awful Alphabet by Mordicai Gerstein