Playful Ways to Learn About Letters and Sounds

Once again, there were some really amazing posts linked up to this week’s Discover & Explore linky! This week’s theme was ABCs and 123s, and there were so many creative and noteworthy posts linked up that it was very hard to narrow down the features. But I tried my best, so without further adieu, I bring you this week’s Discover & Explore features post:

Playful Ways to Learn about Letters and Sounds

Playful Ways to Learn About Letters and Sounds

Featured Posts from the Discover & Explore ABCs and 123s Theme

*Click on photos or text links to view individual posts*

Making Letters with Nature from Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes

First up is this fun idea for creating letters with natural elements in the outdoors from Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes.  I love how passionate Sandi is about connecting literacy with nature!

Gross Motor Phonics Games (9)

Next are these fun and easy to prepare gross motor phonics games from Learn Play Imagine.  What a great way to exercise both little minds and little muscles! Allison does a great job of showcasing how to adapt the game to different ages and skill sets, too.

ABCs with Chalkboard Painted Bottle Caps

Here is a super creative way to upcycle bottle caps for letter learning (and more)- give them a coat of chalkboard paint! Click over to the original post from Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails to get the details and see what else they did with these versatile manipulatives.

Alphabet Scavenger Hunt from Fun at Home With Kids

Have an aspiring photographer in the house? Why not let them get behind the camera for an alphabet scavenger hunt like this one from Fun At Home With Kids?

ABC bin from Finding the Teachable Moments

Sensory play is a great way for little ones to experience the alphabet in a hands-on, non-threatening way. I love this colorful Suess-Inspired Alphabet Sensory Bin from Finding the Teachable Moments.

Sorting Magnetic Letters from Fun-A-Day

Here is another hands-on way for kids to learn about letters through sorting by various attributes by Mary Catherine from Fun-A-Day.  She showcases lots of different ways to classify letters that I had never thought of…this is a must read if you are teaching preschoolers!

Favorite Post

I cannot write a post about teaching letters to young children without highlighting my favorite post on the subject- another brilliant article by Mary Catherine at Fun-A-Day explaining her philosophy on teaching the alphabet to preschoolers using meaningful, contextually relevant practices.  Seriously, if I ever meet her in person I am going to give her a big smooch for writing this post…it’s just so gooood! Until that day, I’ll just have to settle for featuring her in every literacy post I ever do 😉

Teaching Children About Letters from Fun-A-Day

And as if that weren’t enough inspiration….

More ABCs and 123s Posts from the Discover and Explore Co-hosts

ABC Co-Host Photos

ABC Architecture Scavenger Hunt (KC Edventures)

Counting with Ten Apples Up on Top (Buggy and Buddy)

Activities to Play with ABC Sticky Notes (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

ABC Discover and Explore Box (Teach Preschool)

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Puppet Tutorial (Twodaloo)

Upcoming Discover and Explore Themes

  • Open Now: Down on the Farm
  • September 4- Forest
  • September 11-Fall
  • September 18-Five Senses

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  1. Great round up! And your favorite post is one of my faves too. :) Love that Mary Catherine at Fun-A-Day!

  2. Thanks for featuring our nature letters post in your alphabet activities round up.

  3. Jaime “FSPDT” JJ says:

    Thanks for the feature!

  4. I was just rereading this, Stephanie — then I realized I never left you a reply! I accept virtual smooches, and you are so awesome for sharing some of my posts. :)