Not all learning has to be in a sit down structured setting. You can often teach your toddlers the skills they need for pre-school with items or toys found around your house.
Ever since my girls were infants I would sing them alphabet song. I thought it might help them learn the alphabet but after almost 3 years, it hasn't quite clicked yet so I decided to get a little creative and make it more fun and interactive.
This activity is the most requested in our house right now and we often will play it 2-3 times a day.
- Letter Shapes (I use the magnet letters you can get at the dollar store)
- Alphabet Flash Cards
- To set up this activity, make sure you have each letter represented with your flash cards and your letters then spread the letters out throughout the room.
- Hold up a flash card and ask your toddler to find the letter on the card.
- Say the letter. Make the sound the letter makes, and name an item that starts with that letter.
- The toddler seeks out and finds the letter. (Once they find the letter, my girls like to hold the letter up to the card to see if it matches).
- Repeat the steps until your toddler has found all the letters.
I have not tried it yet, but this activity would work for numbers and shapes as well!