The ABCs have become one of the most popular songs in our house these days, so I thought my almost three-year-old would like the Upper Case Letter Puzzle. I never thought I would like it as much as I do, though! Teaching him the alphabet has been some of the most fun I have ever had with a toy.
To start, this puzzle is a pretty decent size and very colorful, so it easily gains the attention of my active little guy. The versatility of it is what really got me, though. Here are five quick ways to use this one puzzle!
Activity one: ABC’s. This was the most obvious way to play with this puzzle. Spread all the letters out, and starting with A, find all of the letters, and place them correctly in the puzzle. To help boost recognition, I would say the letter that we were looking for, point to the outline, then when he found it and put it in the correct spot, say it again, now having him repeat after me. What a simple way to learn the alphabet!
Activity two: Color Sort. Have your little one sort the puzzle pieces into color groups, then identify the colors they have sorted them into. The extra challenge here is that there are two different shades of blue and green – so we were able to talk about light versus dark colors.
Activity three: Name Game. We have started spelling names, so this was a great toy to reinforce this lesson. He started by finding the first letter of his name, then continued until we found all of the letters in his name, and then we were able to spell his name out. We continued and found the letters for his brother’s name, too! This could be expanded for parents’ names, or even pets!
Activity four: Letter Match Up. While going through the alphabet and finding the correct puzzle piece, challenge your little one with naming an object that starts with the same letter. Put an extra spin on it by giving them an object, then trying to find the letter that the word starts with. For example, “Apple, what letter does apple start with?”
Activity five: Vowel Identification. My little guy isn’t ready for this yet, but this would be a great way to use this toy with an older sibling, as well as a toddler.
So there you have it, five quick and easy ways to use one simple little puzzle!
Can you think of any other ways to play with this toy? Share them with us in the comments!