Simple, Yet Engaging Alphabet Train
When I found these extra large Scrabble letters in JoAnns, I was instantly taken to them. I wanted to hold them in my hands, and my wheels began turning with all of their endless possibilities. Once a teacher, always a teacher, I suppose!
Why is Exposure to the Alphabet Important?
By Kindergarten, children will be asked to recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet. Not only is this a Kindergarten requirement, but it is also the foundation to reading.
I began by laying out 26 tiles and creating a train-like image. I traced the squares and filled in the tiles by writing each letter of the alphabet.
The Alphabet Train Game
Grey, my preschooler, began to play. He was instantly drawn to the letters like I was. Here is how you play:
- Put all of the letter tiles into the container.
- Pick a letter.
- Say the letter.
- Match the letter with the letter on the train.
*Stay tuned later today for an uploaded video on our Facebook and Instagram accounts to model how you can play this with your preschooler.
That's it! It is so simple, yet so engaging.
This is an attractive way to build letter recognition. Your preschooler will begin to recognize some letters more than others. Do not feel the need for them to master all 26. Mastery will come with more exposure and practice.
Grey was so excited to see his alphabet train that he began clapping.
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