4 Essentials for Letter Recognition (Part 2)

Looking to help your little one recognize the letters of the alphabet? Adding four essential toys to your playroom may help you! In fact, it may be things you already have.

These two items are hands on materials that allow the child to actually hold each letter and play with them individually. By including all four materials (from Part 1 and Part 2) in your environment you are giving your child the opportunity to see, hear, and touch the letters in many ways!


Recognizing the letters of the Alphabet:

 Alphabet Puzzle

 Empowering Parents to Teach: ABC Puzzle

  • Puzzles in general are great for spacial skills. As the child completes the puzzle, they will recognize the correct orientation for each letter. As you work with your child, name each letter as they place it.
  • Build spacial/ math vocabulary as they work by using words such as “rotate”, “flip”, “turn” when they are having trouble fitting a piece into the space.

Soft Foam Letters

Empowering Parents to Teach: Foam letters

  • Hide and seek game: I had these letter around for my youngest to play with, just hold and get familiar with the letter shapes. But, my oldest became very interested in playing with the letters. So I made up a game. I took five or six of the letters and hid them in the playroom and he searched for them. Once he found them, I took five or six more and hid them. We repeated this until all 26 letters where hidden and found. The younger the child is, the easier they should be to find. For a 2 year old, you aren’t really hiding them, as much as placing them around the room. You can adjust the difficulty for age.

Empowering Parents to Teach: Hide and Seek Letter Game

  • Let them free play with the letters as they would any other toy. The letters can be characters in a play, ramps for cars, or a chair for Barbie! There are endless possibilities.


All of these things are inexpensive and easy! Remember it’s more about how to interact with your child than the toy itself! 


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 Good option if you want both upper and lower case letters

All uppercase letters

 Foam letters and Numbers