From birth going forward, I have made sure to not only read to my children, but to provide them with toys that were not only fun, but educational.
They don’t look at learning as a painful thing, but as something that they truly enjoy. We have always incorporated teaching into the various activities they do during the day, so education and fun are one in the same.
There are a handful of toys and other items, that really have aided in my kids learning the alphabet.
Here are a couple of items that have really been helpful.
The first toy that really introduced the alphabet to my son was the Leap Frog Learn Along Leap. LeapFrog Learn-Along Leap (Sassy) Plush He sings the ABC’s when his belly is pressed and he has a teething ring attached. He is soft and small. There is also a LeapFrog Learn-Along Lily that teaches 1 to 10. LeapFrog Learn-Along™ Lily
The next was the Leap Frog Learning Rhythms Music CD. Learning Rhythms Music Cd By Leap Frog I actually received this as a free gift in a Huggies Diaper Box, but it can also be purchased. My kids love this playful version of many Leap Frog Favorites. The various songs not only encourage you and kids to get up and dance, but the CD winds down by ending in Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Another item that was fun for my kids to play with is the bath tub foam ABC’s. Munchkin Bath Letters and Numbers We actually have never put these in the bath tub. We use them to spell words, play toss games, and I use them as an example when teaching a specifc letter. They also include numbers. I went ahead and bought two sets so we could spell more words.
Finally one of the best ways I have found to teach the ABC’s is the good old refrigerator Magnets. Magnetic Capital Letters (Set Of 36Pc) -Affordable Gift for your Little One! Item #LMID-1096 I caution you though, because if you have a child that likes to put things in his or her mouth, you may have to wait a while before you buy these. The magnets sometimes fall out of the backs and can be a choking hazard for a little one. Melissa and Doug also carry a Wooden version of these.
If you are looking for a great book to encourage your little one to learn the Alphabet, check out Roberta Intrater’s book ABC Look At Me. ABC Look at Me! A Lift-and-Learn Book My kids love this book, and it not only teaches them about the letters, but it also talks about feelings. It has great pictures of Babies and Toddlers making cute faces.
I hope you enjoy these toys and other items as much as I have.
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