I wanted to share some of my favorite literacy tools and toys for preschool and kindergarten. These items help students learn the ABC’s through hands-on PLAY during center time, table time, and small group! Kids can learn to identify both uppercase and lowercase letters along with the sounds of the letters.
From discovering what is inside letter tubs to transforming the ABC’s into robots. All of these literacy tools will spark a curiosity to learn all about LETTERS and SOUNDS.
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This set of padlocks has a letter on the front. Students find the corresponding key to unlock the padlock.
These letters transform into robots! Great way to teach kids about the ABC’s… all with a little help from robots. There are great fine motor work too!
Ice cream comes in handy when you’re learning letters. This set of alpha pops pairs upper case and lower case letters.
Grab your cans of Play-Doh and start stamping out the ABC’s with the help of these cookie cutters. These are perfect to put the in the art center with play dough!
Turn learning into a game with this game that incorporates cookies and letters. Players spin the spinner and land on a letter, then they have to match the letter to the cookie letter. Put them in the library center with a cookie tray and let the learning begin!
String letters on a rope. A great way to practice fine motor skills. These can also help kids spell simple words such as cat or dog or even their names!
Stamp your way through the ABC’s! Pick up this set of Lowercase Alphabet Stamps for a complete set. These stamps are fun to use with play dough too. My students LOVE stamping letters in the play dough!
This set of ABC letters comes with a few sets of each letter. You also get both uppercase and lowercase letters.
Snap together different pieces to make both uppercase and lowercase letters. This set comes with activity cards that help teachers challenge their students. Super fun on the light table too!
This set has a tub for each letter of the alphabet. Within the tub are items that have different sounds for the designated letter. I would look at this item as an investment. It is worth every penny! Students get a kick out of discovering what’s inside.
This set is a great resource to have on hand. It comes with a whiteboard along with ABC magnets. There are also games, along with an Ebook to continue the fun.
Match the letters to the pictures. The pieces connect like a puzzle! A great way to get creative with letter recognition.
Get ready… this game moves quickly! In addition to practicing your ABC’s players will also get to brush up on their colors.
Players of this classic game get a chance to identify letters as well as their sounds. Included in this set are a few parent prompts that allow students to take learning to the next level.
Race the timer and see if you can match all of the letters before they leap into the air. This game is sure to give kiddos a few laughs.
Leapfrog Phonics Letter Set
Put this on the magnet board or in a tub for students to play on the floor. Students place the letter on the bus and it states the letter and the sound. LOVE that they can hear the sound and the letter as they play with these interactive magnet letters.
Get active while learning the ABC’s with these bean bags. Great way to exercise little brains and their bodies as well.
Stack these boxes on top of each other to create a gigantic ABC tower. Each box has drawings of animals and other items to match the letters on the box. I like this set because they nest inside of each other for compact storage.
Piece together the alphabet with this giant floor puzzle. See how many students can identify the incomplete letters before the puzzle is complete.
Lace the train beads and challenge students to say the sounds of each letter as they move along.
If you want just plain letter beads these are a fabulous option with lowercase and uppercase letters.
OMG these letter blocks are SO MUCH FUN! Put them in the blocks or STEM center to get students building and learning about letters. You can also use them with play dough, kinetic sand, or in paint because they are also letter stamps and letter molds!
Students drop the words that rhyme in the corresponding houses! Put out a few if you have younger students or all of them if you have kinder students in your library center. Perfect for a family, all about me, or community helper theme.Rhyme and Sort Rockets
This game is played just like the Rhyme Houses….just sort the rhymes and put them in the matching rockets! My future astronauts will LOVE this rhyming game!Don’t forget that reading to students is a HUGE part of literacy. Read every chance you get, from directions to labels and signs. Kids are clever, they will start picking it up in no time. Here are my book lists if you need some ideas.
Do you need themed literacy games? Check out my themed Literacy and Math Centers in my TPT store. Just print, prep, and play!
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