Children learn best when they are actively engaged. That’s why play is essential to learning. Wee ones sing songs reciting the letters of the alphabet. That’s long before they understand what the song is about. They enjoy singing nonetheless. The meaning comes later. Likewise we share picture books about the alphabet. We make sure to point out the objects that begin with each letter from a to z. Reading to children is a bonding experience. Learning the alphabet takes time. Repeated exposure and varied experiences with letters make learning easier.
Alphabuild provides a hands-on approach to learning letters. Children actually build individual upper case letters using magnetic blocks. Alphabuild challenges builders to select the correct shapes and sizes to form the letters. PlayopolisToys suggests creating upper case letter cards as guides for beginning alphabet builders. Also use the 20 magnetic blocks for open-ended play, building familiar objects and fanciful constructions. Building involves problem solving and enhances spatial awareness.
Forming letters with play dough or Wikki Stix are other hands-on ways to learn. Tracing letters builds the fine motor skills required to print letters.