One of the most effective ways to teach children literally anything is to get them involved in a hands-on way where they are actively engaged and having fun (preferably all at the same time!). And this is no different when it comes to teaching little kidlets the letters of the alphabet. Here are 5 quick, fun and easy ways to get kids making, creating, cooking and crafting the letters of the alphabet.
1. Next time you are whipping up a yummy batch of spaghetti bolognese for dinner, add in a bit of extra pasta to your pot. Then when it has cooled enough, use it to model into letters of the alphabet. Try getting your kids to make their own names. The best thing about this is that once the fun is over, the kids can eat their names and letters!
2. Get outside and go on a scavenger hunt. Collect anything and everything you can find… shells, sand, twigs, pebbles and leaves, just to name a few ideas! Then when you get home, use PVA glue to draw the shapes of different letters onto cardboard. Add your little treasures to the glue and let them set. Once the glue has dried, shake off any excess and voila, you have little nature letters!
3. Make letters using Lego blocks! Everyone (particularly my two nephews!) loves Lego… and so why not put your kids awesome Lego building skills to extra good use? Challenge your little ones to make their own names using Lego blocks. See if they can then make other family members names… or if they are feeling super excited, all of the letters in the alphabet! This is actually a lot harder than it sounds.. so it’s a great little challenge!
4. Hit the beach! Grab a stick, go for a wander along the beach and draw letters in the sand. But, if you don’t have a beach nearby then a sandpit will be just as good! If you are lucky enough to be at the beach, grab a few shells and some sand so that you can make more letters when you get home… double letter fun!
5. Bake some yummy cookies. We all love a good ol’ cookie, so why not use your favourite cookie dough recipe to make letter shaped cookies. Kids will love modelling the cookie dough into letters, or even using letter cutters to help! This idea works best with plain biscuit recipes as the massively chocolate filled ones will tend to melt all over the place when cooked (can I just add that this will be the one and only time I will EVER caution against baking chocolate filled cookies… I promise!!).
Once your kiddies have finished making letters using all of these ideas, they will seriously be able to write the alphabet with their eyes closed. Well actually don’t hold me to that, but they will be sure to love it and will learn something new along the way!