Easy Literacy Activity using Foam Letters
Foam letters are just one of those tools we love using because they are so versatile.
You can use them in water, in an indoor activity, and outdoor activity and in so many fun ways!
This particular activity was brought forth because I was missing foam letters and instead of getting rid of them, I wanted a way to recycle them through a fun play to learn activity.
Here is where our ABC Match-Up activity came to life and oh my goodness it is so easy to set up!
I’ll be sharing exactly how easy this was to put together and how you can use any set of foam letters (regardless if you are missing any) in a fun repurposed activity such as this one.
Related: Looking for more alphabet activities that contain foam bathtub letters? Here are over 70 alphabet activities for kids!
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Foam letters (Large foam letters or Small foam letters)
A poster board
Post it Notes
That is all you will need, my friends.
What do you do with foam letters?
So many things!
This activity is just one of many and a very fun one if you are missing a foam letter or a set of foam letters and would like to repurpose them.
Here is how I set up this simple foam alphabet activity using ABC foam letters:
I used a post it note bundle to trace out squares onto a poster board.
Then, set the post it note bundle aside and add your foam letters to the board.
With the foam letters you are missing, create them using post it notes.
Match activity: Match the post it notes onto the slots that are open on the poster board.
If your LO is working on a specific set of letters, don’t add those foam letters in.
Set those foam letters aside and create a post it note for those letters so your LO can work on those specific letters too (it doesn’t just have to be only the missing foam letters).
This foam alphabet letters idea is such a fun and very easy activity for learning about the alphabet for littles.
How do you recognize letters in the alphabet?
We like to call out the letter name for each of the letters. So, for instance:
A is for apple, a, a, a (we are saying the letter sounds here.)
B is for banana, b, b, b (again letter sounds here.)
Why the letter sounds first?
Because it works on pre-reading skills.
Related: To learn more about how I taught my LO to read, go here!
Which letters of the alphabet should be taught first?
There isn’t a wrong way if littles are learning about the alphabet.
Some teachers/caregivers will say that their way is the best way and others will say the same.
In my opinion, both ways are right.
Whatever way you teach the alphabet and if it works and your LO is learning, is a wonderful way!
So, we like to work from A-Z but others may start with the letter M or the letter D (because the first words littles say is, “mama” or “dada”.
Or, some teachers/caregivers like to start with the letters that do not contain curves but rather straight lines (straight lines much easier than curved letters for LO’s.)
I say, if it works then great!
There is no wrong way if it is allowing littles to learn about the alphabet.
Related: Buy foam letters here:
How do you make writing fun letters?
If you are looking for ideas on how to make learning the alphabet fun, then check out this post right here:
I hope you enjoyed this alphabet foam letters activity.
Foam letters are a wonderful way to learn and the best thing about them is that they are so versatile and can be used in many different ways.
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