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For young children, learning letters should be fun. There are so many creative ways to teach letters to kids that there’s just no excuse for making letter learning boring!
If you are stuck for ideas on how to make letter learning fun, you are in luck. Each week I am sharing another fun idea for teaching the alphabet in creative and engaging ways that kids love.
The next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series is an activity I call Alphabet Crayon Rubbings. I like this activity because it doubles as a fun fine motor exercise in addition to giving kids the chance to learn their letters.
For this activity, I used the following materials:
- Half sheets of paper with a letter written on the top
- A handful of letters from our Montessori moveable alphabet
- Triangle-shaped crayons (we purchased these ones from P’Kolino, but I these triangular crayons from Crayola also look good)
- A small tray to contain the materials
I invited my daughter to select a sheet of paper and identify the letter at the top. She then had to find the matching letter among the letters I provided her from our Montessori moveable alphabet.
I showed her how to place the paper over the letter and use the crayons to make a rubbing of the letter on her paper.
Letter rubbings are fun to make and offer good fine motor practice. You may want to invite your child to make an entire book of letter rubbings as a way to motivate him or her.
More ways to teach to the alphabet
More alphabet posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Letter hunt sensory bin
- Making letters with straws and play dough
- I spy letter hunt
- Spaghetti letters
- Letter puzzles
- Montessori sandpaper letters
- Smash the puffy letters
- Mini letter hunt with a magnifying glass
- Letter hopscotch
- Crystallized letters
- Letter hop
- Letter tic-tac-toe
- Rainbow letters
You can find more ways to teach the alphabet on my Literacy Activities for Kids page and my Letter Learning Pinterest board.
This is so smart thanks for the great idea! I already have alphabet cards that I’ve added glitter glue to for my kids to feel and work on forming their letters. I’m going to try doing crayon rubbings over them tomorrow I can’t believe I never thought of that 🙂
Thus is a brilliant idea. I am definitely sharing it with other educators and in my own classroom. Can’t wait to see their excited little faces 🙂