Young children need to be up and moving throughout their day. That’s why it’s important to incorporate fun movement activities into the preschool day, whether at home or in the classroom. Below you’ll find some of my favorite ideas for teaching the alphabet while in motion.
The great thing about each of these ideas is their simplicity. Most of them require just a couple of materials and are very simple to prep. I think it would be easy to swap out the materials for each of these activities, too, based on what you have on-hand.
Movement Activities for Teaching the ABCs
String Scavenger Hunt | Hands On As We Grow
Encourage letter learning with a string course little spies are sure to love. This can easily be changed up depending on what letters the kids are working on.
ABC Ball Toss Up | Playdough to Plato
Work on letter identification with just a beach ball! Love how simple this activity is, but I also love that it can easily be adapted to kids’ needs. I think this would be a great group game to play, as well.
Letter Sound Jump | The Imagination Tree
Grab the chalk and head outside with the kids. Practice letter sounds while jumping and playing on the sidewalk. This is definitely one of our go-to movement activities about letters and sounds.
Basketball Alphabet Game | School Time Snippets
Kids enamored with basketball will get a kick out of tossing the alphabet through the hoop. This comes with a free printable, and you can set up a bucket or a bin if you don’t have a little basketball hoop.
Pillow Jumping ABCs | Toddler Approved
This one would work well with pillows or carpet squares. Kids will definitely have a blast jumping through the alphabet. It would be super simple to change it up and focus on letter sounds, too.
Hunting for Letters Outdoors | No Time for Flash Cards
Such a great idea for hiding the letters outdoors, and I love the tip for removing permanent marker. Add to the letter hunt by having the kids search just for the letters in their names, hopping from one letter to another, etc.
Letter Sounds Racing | Inspiration Laboratories
You just need some magnetic letters, a magnetic board, and little running feet for this alphabet movement idea. I’m sure any kind of alphabet manipulative would work well here, if you don’t have any magnetic letters.
Alphabet Wheelbarrows | My Mundane and Miraculous Life
Kids can work in teams, leading a “wheelbarrow” to collect letters. Love the inclusion of heavy work to this alphabet movement fun.
Kick the Cups | Mom Inspired Life
Use a soccer ball, or any ball you have on-hand, for some hands-on (ahem . . . feet-on) alphabet learning. Change things up depending on what letters the children are working on, as needed.
Grab and Pull Letters | Growing Book by Book
Set this up in the backyard on a sunny day, or inside if the weather isn’t cooperating. Use whatever alphabet manipulatives you have and get the kids moving their letter loads.
What are some of your favorite alphabet movement activities? How do you incorporate movement into learning throughout the day?
Win a Copy of an Awesome Children’s Book!
Recently, I got the chance to meet Eric Litwin, an amazing children’s book author. He’s written the first four Pete the Cat books, the Groovy Joe books, and a series about The Nut family. His newest book is called The Nuts: Keep Rolling!, and it is just as fun as his previous books.
As part of the roll-out of his new book, Eric Litwin is hosting a dance party contest. The dance that goes along with the book is sure to have the kiddos giggling (I know I was when he taught it to a room full of teachers). And the dance contest prize is an author visit from Mr. Eric, himself!
Eric also has a “Be a Health Nut” campaign to go along with his new book. It encourages children to get up and move! You can read more about it on his website.
I’ve got an autographed copy of The Nuts: Keep Rolling! in my hot little hands. One of you awesome Fun-A-Day readers can win it below! Here are the rules:
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- The giveaway runs until 11:59 pm on May 1, 2017.
- The winner will have 5 days to respond to my email. If I don’t hear back in that time, a new winner will be chosen.