Fun ways to learn writing the alphabet

Who says learning letter formation is boring? The Bunnies had fun …. but I think I enjoyed myself the most! These preschool activities were very easy to construct, and cheap too. Best of all, we avoided spending unnecessary time on dull workbooks. Who likes workbooks??

We traced letters in rice …


Used playdough …


Decorated letters with coloured paper, plastic cuttings, toothpick bits, coloured beads, scrunched-up crepe paper, sequins …


Writing on the driveway was a nice change …


So was painting letters with a brush dipped in water …


Figuring out the letters for Puppy’s birthday banner and sprinkling purple sand over her own writing was a cool project (Lamb wants one for his 3rd) …


Since she loves sewing, we sewed letters too …


We also used Mat Man pieces to build letters and always finished off by giving him some credit (you just HAVE to!) …


Some days, of course, we like just old-fashioned crayons on plain paper.

Other ideas, anyone? I just might get tired of all this by the time Piglet’s ready for it.

Or I might not!!


Puppy: 5.1yo; Lamb: 2.10yo; Piglet: 4mo.


  • Ingrid
    May 26, 2011 8:26 am

    We wrote letters in shaving cream (outside) and wrote letters with our fingers on different textures all over the house (sandpaper, woolen jumper, glass, carpet, pavers, silk etc) as well as some of the above!

  • Willow Finishing Course
    May 26, 2011 8:40 am

    Now I want to paint something in water on the sidewalk. =) I’m seriously into the idea of using creative ways to teach children, and you’re no slouch! I love this!

  • Mama J
    May 27, 2011 12:33 pm

    Such cool ideas, thanks! We started trying some of them today 🙂

  • Mama J
    May 27, 2011 12:37 pm

    Thanks, Miss Fitzgerald! Trying to improve my posture as you say!

  • Kylie
    June 5, 2011 1:13 pm

    You have such great ideas!!
    Another couple – make pizzas and write letters on the top with strips of capsicum or tomato; Get the kids to make letters with their bodies and take photos – can string together letters to make up their names for eg, and stick photos on their doors; make cakes or cupcakes and decorate tops with letters (smarties, or nuts)
    You go girl!

  • Mama J
    June 6, 2011 11:30 pm

    Thanks. And thanks for the other ideas too – I can’t wait to try them! Especially the smarties. I might just end up guzzling the lot before they reach the cakes!

  • mom2kiddos
    June 22, 2011 7:53 am

    These are wonderful fun ideas. Thanks for sharing them. Sometimes we use our own bodies to form letters, but of course can’t do all A-Z. My son’s 4 now and he’s into just writing his letters on paper. But getting him to do it with rice might help him figure out the confusing letters like b and d. Thanks.

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