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Budding Bookworms: 4 Fun Ways to Introduce Your Child to Letters

budding-bookworms-4-fun-ways-to-introduce-your-child-to-lettersChildren are impressionable—there is no denying that. Much like a sponge anticipating the action of soaking up the world, children are always eager to learn. Even during infancy to age one, kids focus on learning. From reaching for books to imitating the sounds of words, your child is never too young to be introduced to letters! It can be difficult, but there are activities that make the process easier and more effective, such as the ones below.

Craft an Alphabet Maze

Wooden or foam letters are easily able to be laid out on the ground. Craft a maze using the letters as barriers and ensure that there is a prize for when the child reaches the end of the maze. By singing the ABCs, children will enjoy navigating their way through the puzzle until they reach the end. For larger mazes, children can walk through, while smaller ones are the perfect size to use a doll or stuffed animal.

Use a Little Magic

Did you know that white or clear crayons really do serve a purpose? These waxy tools are great for creating a little magic–simply draw letters on a piece of white paper or surface and allow to sit for a few minutes. Give your child paint or a marker and have them color over the portion of the clear crayon, and watch as the magic unfolds before their eyes. They will love watching the letters appear and it will encourage them to keep going with the confidence that has been sparked inside of them.

A Twist on Musical Chairs

The concept of this musical chairs is simple and easy for very young children to follow. Rather than playing the traditional song, however, swap it for the ABCs. When the music stops, have your child identify which letter should come next. This is a game great for households with multiple young children.

Go on a Letter Hunt

Children love finding things, so this is perhaps the greatest way to introduce letters to them. First, write out the alphabet on a large piece of paper. Next, take big foam or wooden letters and hide them around the house or outside. Allow your child to find the hidden gems. Once they are all found, work together to place them over the appropriate letter on the piece of paper.

In sum, it is never too early to learn. You can have your child attend an educational daycare center like Youthland Academy, but countless activities exist that not only introduce your child to letters but that excite them to do so, all done in your home. Stimulating activities will establish a concrete foundation for your child’s development and learning skills throughout their entire life, which is a great feat.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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