I like to create alphabet crafts with kids because it gives children a chance to make the letters and become familiar with their shapes before they are able to master writing them. One of my main goals with very young children is to let them get comfortable with letters so letters are accessible and not something mystical that only big kids and adults use to read and write. Letters are for everyone and aren’t just part of the alphabet in perfect order.
Most children will become familiar with the letters in their names or other significant letters first and even though it’s most useful for kids to learn lowercase many recognize uppercase first because most toys and book targeted at toddlers include them. My advice is to use what your child knows and introduce the rest ( upper and lowercase) at the same time through play. Above all else have fun creating and getting creative while learning the alphabet. Here are some of our favorite creative alphabet crafts to add a little letter learning into your craft time.
Alphabet Cookie Cutter Painting
Letter Pizza Craft
Flower Letter Garden
Alphabet Photo Magnets
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree
Funny Font Letter Collages
Monogrammed Napkin Rings
In addition to these 15 alphabet art projects you can also dive into my more than 50 letter of the week crafts. We have uppercase crafts for every letter ( many more than one) and many lowercase letters too. Check out our Letter of The Week page for links to every letter.
Even though Halloween costumes have been out in the stores for a month I still feel like it’s crept up on me. My youngest and I made a really cute Halloween craft yesterday that I will post it soon but today I wanted to share some of our favorite ghost crafts and activities. Yesterday we got our Ghost Bottle Bowling game out and played for the first time since last year and it was just as much fun as it was when we first made it. Here it is with 10 other easy ghost crafts and activities.
Contact Paper Ghosts
Puffy Paint Ghost
Ghost Bottle Bowling
Banana Ghost Treats
Haunted House Math
Potato Print Ghost Garland
Cookie Cutter Ghost Painting
Ghost Sugar Cookies
Sponge Painted Ghosts
Do you have a ghost craft to share? Add a link in comments!
As parents we sometimes take things like reading and writing for granted. For our young kids these skills are huge hurdles in the first few years of formal education. Whether your child is educated at home or in a school much time and effort is spent on these basics. Working on fine motor skills can help your child develop the hand strength and dexterity they need for handwriting. Tracing letters over and over again isn’t the only option you have . These playful fine motor activities that will develop their skills while they have fun learning . Other than these fun educational ideas some toys that promote fine motor skills include Lego, Perler beads , and lacing cards.
Pin & Pound Pumpkins
Dry Erase Mazes
Cork Board ABCs
Bead & Spell
Alphabet Glue Tracing
Unwrap & Count Corks
Pound and Learn Hammering
Clothes Pin Patterns
Feather Color Match
Nuts & Bolts Spin Spelling
Simple Cereal Bird Feeders
Paint Chip Color Match
Q-tip Painted Easter Eggs
Button & Cork Builders
Playdough & Bead Animals
Lock & Key
Rhyming Peg Board
Dry Erase Word Search
Design Your Own Lacing Pattern
Kids learn better when they are having fun and engaged in the lesson. My favorite way to teach children is to connect the lesson to their interests , a well loved book ,or some big event like a holiday. That is why I try to give readers so many different themes to keep learning fresh. There is no reason to drill your kids when teaching them the alphabet when there are so many ways to teach letters without flash cards. Here are alphabet activities for every season.
Bundle up and learn with these great winter themed alphabet activities.
Spring is filled with pretty colors and so are these alphabet activities.
Summer is a time most of us head outside and there is no reason you can’t take learning out with you!
We love alphabet activities and if you are looking for even more ideas check out our Early Literacy and Reading and Writing Readiness boards on Pinterest. You will find our ideas but many other from all over the web.
I have never watched Star Wars. Shocking? I have seen bits and pieces and I have read my fair share of Star Wars books both LEGO Star Wars and early readers,but I have never honestly sat down and watched the films. That hasn’t stopped me from crafting and using the theme to teach my son important lessons. Here are 15 crafts and activities for kids inspired by Star Wars. This is a must read if you are hosting a Star Wars themed party any time soon!
Shape Yoda by Toddler Approved
Star Wars Peg Dolls by Pink and Green Mama
Bubble Wand Lightsabers
Star Wars Felt Finger Puppets by Make and Takes
Easy Star Wars Birthday Cake by One Perfect Day
Star Wars Themed Muffin Tin Lunch by JDaniel4′s Mom
Star Wars Spelling
Death Star Pinata by East Coast Mommy
How To Tell Star Wars Bedtime Stories by Mama Smiles
Star Wars Folded Flyers
Pool Noodle Lightsabers by Frugal Fun For Boys
Princess Leia Fusible Bead Craft by Mama Smiles
Star Wars Banner by One Perfect Day
Star Wars Stenciled Pillowcases by All For The Boys
Mini Lightsabers by Make and Takes