Alphabet Activity – Pretend Play With Letters

alphabet mail activity for kidsThis was a rainy Sunday activity thrown together with a old favorite pretend play prop. It’s a great alphabet activity with a focus on pretend play and part of our Alphabet For Starters series.  My son and I madethis mail boxyears ago and it had been a while since I’d dug it out of my son’s closet to play.  We added in some envelopes and letters and got down to the serious business of play!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a super cool mailbox like this one we made from a box, some envelopes, small squares of paper, markers, plain labels, and a bag or purse to use as a mail bag.alphabet mail
  2. Start by having your child write some letters.alphabet mail 2
  3. While they do that write out the envelopes with upper and lowercase letters.alphabet mail 3
  4. Fill them with the letters your child writes. I filled a few with other letters as well . alphabet mail 5
  5. Next add stamps. Ours were added haphazardly after my daughter demanded we find some. I just wrote STAMP on some plain labels.alphabet mail 6
  6. Pop them on the envelopes.alphabet mail 7
  7. Time to play.alphabet mail 9 We put each letter in the mailbox stopping to read each envelope as we did. alphabet mail 10
  8. When we were done she lifted the box and the play turned into receiving mail. alphabet mail 11
  9. She loved opening them. alphabet mail 13Some were filled with the letters she wrote and some had more letters of the alphabet on them. Label what they open as they do. As we played some of the letters were pretend invites to parties, others were letters from grandparents and one was a bill which cracked me up. alphabet mail 12

Alphabet Books

50 alphabet books

Find our 50 favorite alphabet books for kids in this big round up of books. Do you have a favorite?

50 Fantastic Alphabet Books For Kids

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We are very fond of alphabet books not just for their educational value but for their entertainment too. Below you won’t find every alphabet book we’ve ever reviewed just our top 50. A great alphabet book for kids needs to be more than a bunch of flash cards bound together and these books all succeed in being great books that happen to also be alphabet books. They will keep kinds engaged , having fun with letters and making solid connections.  There are so many different themes that no matter your child’s interests there should be something here to suit them. Want to read our reviews of each book? This list is duplicated with full reviews and photos  here  Alphabet Book Reviews .

  1. Z Goes Home by Jon Agee
  2. ABCDinosaurs ny American Museum of Natural History
  3. A Gardener’s Alphabetby Mary Azarian
  4. Alphabetter by Dan Bar-el
  5. Animalia by Graham Base
  6. ABC of Canada by Kim Bellefontaine
  7. Alligator Alphabet by Stella Blackstone
  8. Dogabet by Dianna Bonder
  9. Sleepy ABC by Margaret Wise Brown
  10. Quilt Alphabet by Lesa Cline- Ransome
  11. D is for Dancing Dragon: A China Alphabet by Carol Crane
  12. Learn the Alphabet with NorthWest Coast Native Art by Ryan Cranmer (and others)
  13. A Was an Apple Pie by Eitienne Deslessert
  14. Firefighters A to Z by Chris L. Demarest
  15. The Cowboy ABC by Chris L. Demarest
  16. Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert
  17. Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming
  18. Astonishing Animal ABC by Charles Fuge
  19. The ABC Bunny by Wanda Gag
  20. Alphabet Soup by Scott Gustafson
  21. O Is for Orca: An Alphabet Book by Andrea Helman
  22. T is for Touchdown: A Football Alphabet by Brad Herzog
  23. ABC USA by Martin Jarrie
  24. Alphabet City by Stephen Johnson
  25. What Pete Ate from A to Z by Marie Kalman
  26. “A” Was Once An Apple Pie by Edward Lear and Suse MacDonald
  27. The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni
  28. Chicka Chicka ABC  by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault
  29. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Anniversary Edition by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
  30. The Alphabet from A to Y With Bonus Letter Z! by Steve Martin
  31. Baby’s Alphabet by Jean Marzollo
  32. All Aboard!: A Traveling Alphabet by Bill Mayer
  33. Flora McDonnell’s ABC by Flora McDonnell
  34. Bruno Munari’s ABC by Bruno Munari
  35. Museum ABC by the Metropolitan Museum Of Art
  36. Alphabeep!: A Zipping, Zooming ABC by Debora Pearson
  37. The Graphic Alphabet by David Pelletier
  38. The Human Alphabet by Pilobolus
  39. The Ocean Alphabet Book   by Jerry Pallotta
  40. Al Pha’s Bet by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  41. D Is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet  by Nancy I. Sanders
  42. Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur
  43. A is for America by Devin Scillian
  44. A Is for Zebra by Mark Shulman
  45. The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town by Judy Sierra
  46. Patty’s Pumpkin Patch  by Teri Sloat
  47. A Is for Astronaut: Exploring Space from A to Z by Traci N. Todd
  48. M Is For Maple: A Canadian Alphabet  by Mike Ulmer.
  49. ABeCedarios: Mexican Folk Art ABCs in English and Spanish by Cynthia Weill
  50. Alphabestiary: Animal Poems from A to Z by Jane Yolen

Do you have a favorite?

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Letter Of The Week – Letter B Theme

Our letter of the week posts continue with a one stop shop for all things you may need for introducing and having fun with the letter B. Bugs, boats , bats and butterflies are just some of the fun crafts you can make, don’t miss the three alphabet books showcased they are all ones I highly recommend!

{ Letter Crafts }

Bumble B

Banana B

Boat b

{ Crafts and Activities That Start With The Letter B }

Banjo

Bat

Beach Sensory Tub

Birds

Boats

Bugs

Bunny Ears

Butterflies

Bus

{ Great Alphabet Books }

Alphabetter by Dan Bar-el and Graham Ross is another great alphabet book for you to check out. Each letter is represented by a child who has something that starts with the same letter as their name but doesn’t have what they want which starts with the following letter. It’s such a cute gimmick and so effective while reading that it’s not a gimmick at all! At the end of the book all the children pass the items back down the alphabet and everyone gets what they want. Awesome book for toddlers on up !

Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming is a wonderful example of what an alphabet book should be. Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers learning their first letters, the text is short , the letters are front and center and the illustrations are fun and interesting. My son loves this book, I grabbed it at the library after remembering how much my Pre K class loved it too! Many alphabet books are too long to read entirety at circle time or in one shot with a toddler but this my 19 month old will sit through Z every time!


Alphabet Soup by Scott Gustafson is a treat! I read a lot of alphabet books and this one stands out for so many reasons. Otter is hosting a potluck and his animal friends are all bringing something to share. Each page is devoted to an animal with a coordinating food item and more. This book is reminiscent of Graham Base’s Animalia but mush more toddler friendly. Where Animalia is great for older children because it’s so full of detail, this book brings it down a notch but still enchants you with stunning illustrations and fantastic coordinating text.