Our almost 2 year old daughter’s vocabulary has been quickly expanding! With it she has also developed a keen interest in the letters of the alphabet and numbers. I wouldn’t say that I’m one to quickly run after learning materials such as specific books, software, toys, or flashcards for toddlers. However, I found that as our daughter’s interest in learning grew I was eager to find ways to fuel it and help her!
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We bought an alphabet book with ABC letters and words to go with each one. We have a tub full of wooden alphabet blocks. We were also given refrigerator magnets with the letters of the alphabet and a battery operated base that says each letter when it’s plugged into it. (I do highly recommend this! You can purchase one like it on Amazon here.)
I never really thought about flashcards for toddlers since there so many other fun resources out there to help toddlers learn their ABC letters and numbers. (I know our daughter also learned some of her numbers from Netflix children’s shows like Little Baby Bum!)
With all of the resources at my daughter’s fingertips, she has almost mastered recognition and verbalization of all the letters of the alphabet.
CAPITAL letters that is!
I found that many of the learning toys and resources we tapped into for my daughter focused primarily or exclusively on the capital ABC letters. My daughter can look at and verbalize an “A” or “Q” proudly and proficiently. However, if you place the image of an “a” or “q” in front of her she will probably either stare at you in bewilderment, yell “no!” (since we do that for everything), or take her best guess by saying a similarly shaped letter.
To fill the void in my daughter’s alphabet recognition, I decided to make her some simple toddler flashcards.
My goal with the flashcards was to help my daughter start to associate the lower case abc letters with their capital counterparts. The cards are VERY simple in design, but each one includes the capital and lowercase letter of the alphabet. This way I can begin to use them with my toddler to build her recognition of the lower case letters.
(Since my daughter has also been into learning her numbers I included 1-9 in the cards as well so she can continue to build her proficiency in recognizing them.)
I printed these flashcards for my toddler on regular printer paper and simply cut them out for her to play with. If I get ambitious enough I may decide to borrow my sister’s laminator and make them more indestructible or print another set onto heavier card stock – but for now they are a simple and cheap resource for my toddler to learn from, rip up, and throw around the living room. Hey, I can always print another copy!
If you have a toddler who is starting to show interest in or learn their abc letters, then you can print your own copy of these simple flashcards for toddlers HERE.
What are some other resources you recommend for helping your toddler to learn?