The best way to teach your child about letters and numbers is through frequent exposure and repetition. But that doesn’t mean you have to drill them every day for hours. Just grabbing those few minutes you have to occupy them—for example, while waiting for your meal at a restaurant, or in the waiting room at the doctor’s office will be more than enough. It might not seem like enough time for your little ones to master letters and numbers, but those minutes add up.
If you let your child have fun with letters and numbers frequently enough, it will begin to come naturally to them. Keep in mind, that repeating three times a week for five minutes works better than once a month for an hour.
Here are some activities you could adopt for alphabet and number learning with your children.
7 learning activities to teach the alphabet and numbers to kids
Let your child have fun using assorted colors of markers or crayons to color letters and numbers. Always make a habit of pointing to each letter or number with a question. You can also help them connect numbers with their age and special dates, like family birthdays, etc.
Cutting and sticking
If your child had fun coloring, now it’s time to cut the letters out and make a cute card by putting letters together to write your child’s name and other fun words to remember. Help them cut and glue the letters as they spell them out with you. Employing a variety of senses such as sight, hearing and touch can help your child to learn more actively and remember longer.
Sidewalk chalk writing
Write large letters and numbers on the pavement and let your child hop on to each number or letter you say. You can even use a water gun to target letters or numbers that your child has to guess the name of before jumping onto them. What makes this activity so helpful in teaching your children is that they think of it as a fun outdoor game, but it is activating their memory through the sensory stimulation of interacting physically with the letters and numbers.
Puzzles and magnets
You can easily find affordable wooden or plastic alphabet and number board puzzles. Or, if you have letter or number magnets, you can create a fishing rod using a fridge magnet on a string, attached to a stick—and let your child catch each letter you call out. These activities also employ sensory stimulation to deepen the learning experience, since your child can see and feel the shape of each letter, which improves results by strengthening their memory.
Magnetic board writing
Much like tracing dotted letters on paper, magnetic alphabet tracing tablets allow your child to trace each letter with a magnetic pencil, causing metal balls to pop into place to show the letter. It is a soothing, fun exercise for little ones to practice their writing—with the added bonus of being mess-free!
Alphabet and phonics shows
You can find free, fun and colorful animations set to music online that teach the alphabet and numbers. Adding song and visual materials to learning content helps your child to retain more information longer.
Cards and books
You can use phonics cards to practice letters with your kids. These are handy to keep in your purse and use in the car, or any time you have to spend waiting with your kid.
Here are free downloadable activity sheets including lower and upper case alphabet and numbers to color, as well as some counting and writing activities.
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