There are many ways to teach kids the alphabet. In the past weeks, my daughter and I have made a few crafts for some of the letters in the alphabet. It was a fun way to expose her to letters for the purpose of letter recognition. This week, we are taking a break from our usual crafts for toddlers. Instead I decided to take a play based learning approach. We are learning letters through sensory play using these Free Printable Alphabet Playdough Mats.
Free Printable Alphabet Playdough Mats
There are only 2 things you need for this sensory play activity:
- Free Printable Alphabet Playdough Mats (click on this link)
- Playdough (try making your own at home with this playdough recipe in autumn colors)
After printing the Free Printable Alphabet Playdough Mats, protect the sheets of paper by laminating it, wrapping it in contact, or the easiest option – putting them inside plastic sleeves like I did.
Encourage your toddler to play by rolling her hands back and forth on top of playdough to create long strips. Your child can then use these long strips to form parts of the letters. Provide your child with a plastic knife so s/he can easily cut the long strips into smaller pieces. These exercises develop fine motor skills. Manipulating playdough also improves pen grip, a skill needed in writing. Although toddlers aren’t typically aware of letters and their sounds yet, this is a fun way to introduce them to letter recognition – the curves, the shapes and form of each letter.
This post is part of the Fun Ways to Play with Sensory ABC’s Series hosted by Something 2 Offer.
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