What better way to start an alphabet challenge than with a post all about Learning the alphabet!! From a very early age we’ve always read to the Robot and we’re continuing this with CABS. The Robot really loves his ABC books and we think this has fostered a fascination with letters.
We are big believers in learning what your interested in and because of this letter obsession we do activities based around the alphabet. I thought I’d share with you these activities for you to try if you wish.
We often go on little walks and they often take ages because the Robot stops at every letter or number to say what it is. Our favourite is when we go find the moon but even just walking to the park we pass several water and BT man holes, they’ve all got letters on!
Find The Letter Magnets
I found some cheap fridge magnets at a charity shop one day and stored them until the Robot was ready to appreciate them. He loves finding his favourite letters. We made up a simple alphabet letter and word cards to match the magnets too:
How’d he do? The idea goes that he would pick a letter and then match it up with the card. In reality though at 2 he was more interested in knowing where the letter A was. He had me searching for his favourites and getting me to place them. Getting excited by the fact we had multiples of some.
Puzzles and Books
Reading is by far our favourite way to spend time together. Snuggled on the sofa reading books. We have our kids books located where I normally breastfeed baby CABS too so if we’re caught short with nothing to do the Robot is then happy to sit next to me and read. He really loves his ABC books because they are railway based. You can just see them in this picture:
He’s learnt them word for word, it’s not just letters, and when we’re out walking we speak the book out without it there. It amazes me how he does this. It’s not just A, it’s “s for all clear as the signal goes down. B for the buffers that sit there and frown.”
We also quite like our puzzles but it’s not always the alphabet one shown here. Getting on with a puzzle together is a fab way for us to connect and this is something that I am really working on doing with the Robot this year. CABS can sit by and watch too.
There you go, a few things that we do with the Robot but possibly the most important thing I find is time, giving him my time to play at learning. I’d love to try things like peg letter matching and play doh shapes one day in the future… have you got any other ideas for little learners? I’d love to hear them.
This is part of the #ABC123Challenge