I have the next several weeks of blog posts planned out, but didn’t have anything specific for this week’s homeschool/preschool post. I asked my kids what I should write yesterday morning, and my daughter pipes up, “A-B-C-D!”
Now, neither of them know what a blog is, but she gave me this idea for today’s post!
Read below for five unique (and fun! and educational!) ABC picture books, followed by 5 useful ABC activities. All of these activities are especially helpful for preschoolers, but can also be modified for toddlers and early elementary ages.
5 Unique ABC Picture Books
- Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky (Greenwillow Books, 2012) – This book is hilarious. Hilariously written with Moose’s personality evident from the beginning, and hilariously illustrated in both circumstances presented and expressions on the animals’ faces. My kids cackle over this one.
- SuperWhy Alpha Pig’s Alphabet Adventure. We’re not real big on character products, but we do love a couple of PBS shows around here, including SuperWhy. This board book has a very simple, SuperWhy-esque story, but my kids love the seek-and-find structure of finding each letter. My youngest was able to begin pointing out letters by 15 months with this book!
- 123 Versus ABC by Mike Boldt (HarperCollins, 2013). We recently read this one from the library. Very playful and brightly illustrated. I especially love the “reconciliation” and friendship twist at the end.
- If you’re a Dr. Seuss fan, Dr. Seuss’s ABC book is sure to be an intriguing read. Plus, it’s usually pretty safe to call Dr. Seuss unique!
- Sleeping Bear Press has a huge selection of themed alphabet books. You can usually find one for your state or for a specific theme. We like the B is for Bookworm picture book, among others.
5 ABC-focused Activities
- Over a year ago, I made name-spelling cards for my kids similar to these from Teach Preschool (I laminated mine). These cards are still in a drawer the kids can choose to access every day, and they love practicing spelling their names.
- We keep foam alphabet letters in the tub, and they’re used in every bath. If only for letter recognition, the kids are at least getting identification practice. I’ll also ask them what sound a letter makes, or we’ll spell short CVC words or names together.
- I Can Teach My Child shared a simple balloon-shaped matching activity where you can focus on letter matching, recognition, and more.
- This Letters Chalkboard Maze activity from Hands On As We Grow could be used for multiple age groups!
- I want to try these ABC Q-tip printables from 1+1+1=1 soon. Fine motor practice, plus pre-writing and letter recognition skills all in one!
Want even more ABC activity ideas?
- A great group of educational bloggers worked together to bring readers 31 days of ABC activities. This Reading Mama participated and has a round-up of all the ABC activity posts here.
- I shared 5 Pre-Writing Activities, which help reinforce ABC skills, at a guest post at I Can Teach My Child.
- No Time for Flashcards recently put together a list of 15 creative ways to learn the alphabet, plus links to alphabet letter crafts.
- I Can Teach My Child put together a round-up of 35+ alphabet activities here.
- I wrote a list of pre-writing and alphabet activities for the light table here.
What are some of your kids’ favorite alphabet activities and books?
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