The new preschool year has just started. Some of you may be thinking, how can I help my child learn to read at home? What are the most important skills they will need for kindergarten? They need to know their letters and the sounds. This is so important and the basis for taking the next step when learning to read. There are so many toys on the market, but how do you know if they are good?
I have rounded up some of my favorite toys to help teach letters and their sounds, also known as phonemic awareness in teacher talk. These toys are a great way to practice and have fun while doing so.
5 Toys to Teach Letters and Sounds
Fridge phonics magnet letter set. This toy was around 12 years ago when my oldest was toddling around, and is still one of the best. It has nice big letters, easy for little hands to grasp. Press the letter and they can hear the sound and how it’s used in a word.
Learn the Alphabet Dough Mats. Kids use dough to form each letter right on the mats. This helps to boost letter recognition & fine motor skills as they create! The set comes with 26 mats.
Alpha Catch Phonics Game. This is a great game to involve some physical activity. You take turns tossing the ball and say the letter or sound, or both! The same idea can be used for sight words.
Uppercase Alphabet and Number Dough Stampers. Kids love playdough. This activity reinforces their letters and numbers, while having them practice fine motor skills. Ask them to find a particular letter, make the sound, make a pattern with two letters, the options are endless.
Alphabet Marks the Spot. The kid alphabet version of Twister! Call a letter or sound, kids run to the spot. Watch them get all twisted up! You would start with letter names, progress to sounds, and then a word that starts with the sound.
This should help on the road to preparing for school. Check out my link on how to encourage reading with your little ones!