DIY Mom: A to Z Activities
Sylvia is at the perfect age to do lots of alphabet games.
Here are some of my new favorite ways to talk about the alphabet and letter sounds:
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tub:
I love the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and so do most kids! An amazing way to extend this book’s fun is to make it into some bath time play. I had the idea to use some of our magnetic letters as well as craft foam to make the coconut tree. Craft foam sticks when wet. Our tub has magnetic properties but I am not sure this is true for everyone. You could also use foam letters or felt letters if magnets don’t stick to your bathtub. I also included a coconut tree basket ball game by using an old wetones wipe canister with masking tape and foam on it for decoration. Some floating balls that she had from another toy were the pretend coconuts. I had plans to use the pits from an avocado as pretend coconuts but they were thrown away by accident. Maybe it was for the best as it may be confusing to a two year old since they are not actually coconuts. The final touch was a Sesame Street Bath Tablet for the water. We use these almost every bath as Sylvia loves them so much. I don’t like the idea of food coloring in my tub since my ancient tub is not supposed to be cleaned with bleach. Sylvia loved this activity and I would definitely recommend it. It is reusable and very easy to do. The most time consuming part is cutting out the craft foam. I did this while Sylvia was playing next to me and she enjoyed watching the tree being constructed!
Sylvia is an extremely picky eater and has some sensory issues that exacerbate her picky eating. I decided to do a food alphabet as another way to have fun with foods that she normally will not touch. My understanding is that sometimes just being in the same room with the food is a start for extremely picky toddlers. Another great thing about this activity is it is great for letter association. We did this activity with foods we already had in our home, so we had to get a bit creative on a few of the letters. Sylvia didn’t try any new foods this day but she did later talk about wanting to try some oatmeal, which she has previously not consumed! My husband ended up eating most of the leftovers and I was surprised by how little food we wasted. We did do this activity in two parts. Everyone was starting to get a little full and restless by the letter K so we opted to take some time to play and then come back to the activity later.
Alphabet I Spy with Animals:
We love to make our own I Spy activities. This one was made with ABC puzzle pieces, animals from Safari Ltd Toobs and sea glass. Sylvia is at the stage where making the board is half the fun. We talk about the animals that coincide with the letters as we place them on the board. We had an animal for almost all the letters and a couple for some. The ones we did not I simply told Sylvia an animal’s name that began with the letter. A: armadillo, B: bear, C: cat, D:dolphin, E: elephant, F: fox, G: giraffe, H: humpback whale, I: iguana, J: jaguar, K: kangaroo, L: leopard, M: mountain lion, (missing N: newt) O: Octopus, P: Penguin,(missing Q: quail) R: rabbit, S: seahorse, T: turtle, (missing U: Unicorn, yes they are real) (missing V: vulture) W: weasel, (missing X: x-ray tetra) (missing Y: yak) Z: zebra
I love this alphabet animal song I found online. It might be fun to insert names that your child knows, such as their own and friends and family!
Toy Alphabet: I gave Sylvia some letter foam stickers and helped her find toys in our playroom that began with each letter. She is pretty young at 2 to do this by herself so I really had to help her. She still enjoyed going through the list of everything we had found after every new letter, (something she decided to do on her own). She also liked putting the stickers on the toys. A; Abby Cadaby lunch box, B: ball, C: clock, D: drum, E: egg, F: fire truck, G: giraffe, H: hard hat, I: ice cream truck, J: Juniper (Sylvia’s doll) K: keys, L: legos, M: mirror, N: nesting blocks, O: Ocarina, P: plane, Q: quilt, R: rocket, S: star plate, T: train, U: ukulele V: video, W: wagon, X: Xylophone, Y: Yellow big bird, Z: Zucchini wood veggie. If you get stuck while doing this project and don’t want to waste a whole day trying to think of toys you have that begin with the alphabet, browse this list I found and it might help jog your memory of what you have lying around. If you have an older kid this would be great for them to do all on their own!
Alphabet Category Pages:
Sylvia and I have made a number of these laminated pages. You can use stickers or foam letters stickers for the alphabet. While Sylvia was sleeping I found pictures of the items online and saved them to a page in paint. Then I printed them all off and cut them out to be added to our page. Above are a musical instrument alphabet, bird alphabet, fruit alphabet, and vegetable alphabet. We have also done this for a vacation with landmarks we are planning to see. I like to pick things Sylvia is interested in, for example Sylvia loves sea stars and so I chose to do a sea creature board with mostly sea stars with some other sea creatures included.
We love buttons at our house and I love finding new things to do with them. Sylvia is very good about not putting small items in her mouth but of course I still watch her. If your tot loves to put things in their mouth skip this activity. It is really best suited for older kids anyway. Sylvia helped me with some of the buttons, but she mostly watched as I put the letters together. Another idea for younger kids is to take foam sticks and construct the letters this way, you can even do it in the bath as the foam will stick to the sides.
In case you want even more fun alphabet games to do with your kids here is another blog that has some fabulous ideas. I will definitely be doing the A to Z scavenger hunt when out and about with Sylvia in the future.