Alphabet match letter identification kids activity
This hands on letter identification activity is a really fun way to encourage early learners to take notice of what the letters of the alphabet look like. It's also a great activity for kids who already know the alphabet as a way to consolidate their learning, and this activity can be adapted in different to create challenges for the different ages and stages of letter learning development.
Our 3 and a half year old daughter does not know the alphabet, nor is it something that we endeavor to push her to learn at this early age. She does recognize the first letter of her name 'S' but is not able to say what the letter is called; and that's ok with us. Her older sister, who is literally days away from turning 5 and starting school, is able almost able to recite the alphabet and is able to recognize most letters; although she has not fully grasped the idea of upper and lower case. This activity was enjoyed by both girls, who completed it with minimum help.
You will need:
PLAY DOUGH (we always make our own)
LETTERS (we used small wooden craft letters but fridge magnet letters would also work)
This activity requires minimal effort to set up. I took a small piece of play dough and rolled it into a ball, which I then pressed down with my thumb to create a flat disc shape big enough to place the letter on. You will need one of these for each letter of the alphabet, so 26. I then pressed each letter into a play dough disc to create a letter template, which were then randomly placed on the table. I then placed the letters in a pile next to the playdough templates.
First up I introduced the activity to little miss 3 who is currently showing a huge interest in patterns, and loves working on jig saw puzzles. She adored this activity, and despite the fact she does not have much understanding of the alphabet, she was able to recognise the shapes of the different letters and match them up. As she worked her way randomly through each wooden piece, we talked about the name of the letter and what it looked like. Of course when picked up the letter 'S', she was very excited to recognize and name this one. You can watch a short video of her doing this below.
Lady 5 couldn't wait to get her hands on this game. She's a perfectionist and tackled it completely differently; wanting to match the letters to their play dough template in sequence of the alphabet. She was quite a bit faster than her little sister and each time she repeated it, her personal was to do it faster.