There are some great games out there for helping preschoolers learn the alphabet and gain some early literacy skills. Here are some that I thought looked especially fun.
Silver Bells Memory Game by I Can Teach My Child
I love the idea of playing memory with letters. I like how the kids can get excited about making the matches and then getting a small treat.
Same Old Eggs, New Twist from Rub Some Dirt On It
Seriously this is great. I love how kids can start to recognize that there are upper and lower case letters. And then they can match them. I know, I am a sucker for a good preschool matching game…but perhaps it is because I love watching the preschoolers get so excited when they find a good match. So much fun.
Alphabet Tunnel Play by Toddler Approved
I have a nephew who loves trains and cars. And this is one thing that I think he will especially love. Can you just imagine a young kiddo who loves all those things that go pushing cars in and around alphabet tunnels? I think that this is one great way to combine the fun of play with early literacy skills. So fun.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Play Set by Buggy and Buddy
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is one of my all-time favorite alphabet books. Especially because it shows kiddos that there are two types of letters: upper and lower case letters. And then there is this fun coconut tree that Buggy and Buddy made to put all the alphabet letters in. I especially love the idea that parents can read the book with the child and the child can find the corresponding letters and put them in or out of the tree. So much can happen here to develop early literacy skills. I’m in book heaven/child learning love.
Corny Sight Word Practice by Spoonful
Once kids know what their letters are the next step is to show them how you get different words by putting letters together. I love how this is a simple way to get them to start to learn about letters and writing and making words. And it is fairly simple to make/do. But it is different and fun enough that kids will spend time making those letters. (Then they will stop and start pretending that the cornmeal is a makeshift etch-a-sketch. But don’t worry, if they keep drawing that is helping them practice their writing skills which is just as important as knowing those letters.) Love it.
Seriously, I love things that help kids with early literacy skills. If you don’t believe me, just check out one of my digital literacy games (which there are quite a few of). Huzzah for all those people and ideas that are helping munchkins learn about literacy!