20 Creative Alphabet Crafts for 3 Year Olds
These alphabet crafts for 3 year olds are a fun way to teach your children the alphabet. The best way to make learning fun is to incorporate simple but creative arts, crafts, and fine motor skills activities that you and your children will enjoy. If your child does these simple alphabet activities and crafts, you can be sure that he or she will learn the alphabet and be able to not only recognize letters but also put them together to make words.
Never run out of home activities! Here are 20 alphabet crafts to try in the comfort of your home.
First on our list is a Sponge Alphabet Activity. Grab some soft and colorful sponges and shape them into alphabet letters. With these homemade tools, your 3-year-olds will have fun playing and getting to know the letters of the alphabet. Have them arrange the letters alphabetically or spell out their names. Increase the difficulty of what they can do with the letters as soon as you can see that they are ready to do more.
Learn more about this activity at Learning 4 Kids.
Bend letters with Fuzzy Wires
All you need are some pipe cleaners bent into ABCs to jumpstart this activity. Spell your child’s name with letters made from pipe cleaners to make this learning game more fun. This can also be something they use to stick to their other craft activities like a scrapbook.
For the full details of this project, visit Make and Takes.
Toddlers will have fun seeing their ABCs floating on their favorite kiddie drink or cereal! To do this, make some pancakes shaped into letters and add them to your kid’s drink. Have them identify the letters as well! Just make sure they start learning letters quickly before it all starts to melt and fall apart. But don’t worry because it’ll still be yummy.
Learn more from Parent Map.
Homemade Learning Alphabet Book
Another fun way to practice your 3-year-old’s ABCs is by crafting their very own alphabet book! Design each page of the alphabet book with a letter and draw objects that begin with every letter on a page. You can also ask them to cut out photos and paste them on the pages instead of drawing. This activity is an effective tool for fun learning and is easy to make!
Learn more about this activity at Teach Mama.
Getting inspiration from how we can bake shapes using cookie cutters, this stamp letter alphabet activity has a similar concept. Only this time, you let your child use playdough instead of actual dough. These are the letter stamps you can purchase online or from local stores. Or, you can also create your own!
When these two materials are available, you can ask your kid to stamp the letters in the dough. You can start by just asking them to stamp a specific letter, or you can ask them to spell out their names and the names of the people in the family. The best part about this craft is once they roll the playdough, it erases the letters, and you can have them start a new word easily!
Read more details about this activity at I Can Teach My Child.
Tactile Letter Cards
Help your children learn their alphabet using their senses! The tactile letter cards are a multisensory activity that will allow the kids to identify and familiarize themselves with letters not only with their eyes but with their sense of touch as well. Getting familiar with letter shapes through touch is an additional skill that can help them quickly describe and identify the alphabet letters.
Visit All About Learning to learn about creating tactile letter cards.
Letter of the Week
Identify a letter that you and your busy toddler will focus on learning each week. Provide objects and animals that start with the letter of the week. This is an effective activity for your 3-year-old to practice their ABCs slowly but surely. This puts the spotlight on a specific letter, so there is plenty of time to understand and learn each specific letter at a time. Creating a habit and a routine is also beneficial for your child.
Learn more on how to start this activity with Crystal and Comp.
Fun Alphabet Songs
One effective way for toddlers (and even adults) to learn things is by incorporating the letters in a song. Simply teach the kids some alphabet songs! This classic kids’ activity is a wonderfully creative learning method! I bet they’ll memorize the alphabet and soon learn to write it too!
For more techniques on how to make alphabet singing more fun, check out the Parent Hub.
Dot Letter Tracing
Another great way to teach your preschool kids about the alphabet is through a dot-letter tracing activity. Find a free printable on the Internet and have the children trace the dots to form the alphabet letters. With this activity, your 3-year-olds will not only become familiar with the alphabet letters, but they can also practice writing them!
Check out our collection of alphabet tracing printables.
Easter Egg Letters
Check out these plastic Easter eggs with an alphabet twist! Label the egg with uppercase and lowercase letters and then mismatch the eggs. Toddlers will have fun matching and pairing the eggs with the same letters and colors also. You can even add more surprises by placing small rewards inside the eggs.
Learn more at Crystal and Co.
Draw Pictures from Letters
The alphabet may be taught in a fun and creative manner to toddlers by having them draw drawings of each letter. They will not only be able to learn the letters of the alphabet but also develop their fine motor skills and creative abilities by doing this activity.
For more ideas on this activity, visit the Felt Magnet.
ABC Learning Pop-up Books
Your 3-year-old will have a great time with and learn a lot from their own ABC Pop-up Book, even though it is a somewhat challenging craft.
Learn how to do this project at Craftulate.
Alphabet Scavenger Hunt
The alphabet indoor scavenger hunt is an excellent alternative to an outdoor scavenger hunt. Kids, toddlers, and even adults will have fun hunting for items that start with a specific letter in the alphabet. Working together will help them learn teamwork as well.
For full details of this activity, visit the Kids Activities Blog.
Let your 3-year-old familiarize herself with the alphabet through this road letter craft that doubles as a car racetrack. Toddlers can also become familiar with letter strokes as they run their toy car on letter roads, which will be helpful as they start to learn how to write the letters also.
Learn more about how to make this craft at Gift of Curiosity.
Letter Matching Activity
Test how well your toddlers know their ABCs with this letter-matching activity. Simply write down all the alphabet letters on cardstock, tape it on the fridge, and let the kids match the magnetic alphabet letters to the letters on the cardstock.
Learn more about this activity from Happy Toddler Playtime.
Giant Alphabet Puzzle
The giant letter alphabet mats in your child’s room are more than just a decoration; they also provide an opportunity for your 3-year-old to familiarize himself and practice his ABCs.
Get more ideas for this activity from Happy Toddler Playtime.
Alphabet Zoo Sensory Bin
The alphabet letter zoo sensory bin is another fun activity for kids to learn the alphabet. This activity is the same as the alphabet scavenger hunt but bound to a sensory bin. To play, kids must hunt the object or animal that starts with the specified letter of the alphabet. They grow more acquainted not only with letters but also with the different animal names!
Learn more over at Happy Toddler Playtime
Hide the Letters
Add some sprinkles while learning the ABCs! And by sprinkles, we mean sweet and tasty sprinkles!
Grab some edible letter candies and place them in a cupcake pan. Cover each pan with some sprinkles and let the kids find the letters underneath the sprinkles. Allow them to recognize the letters they get, and voilà! They also get to enjoy the delicious alphabet goodies at the end of the learning session!
Learn more about this activity at Happy Toddler Playtime.
Puzzle Letter Match
Draw some letters on a piece of colored paper, and have some cards with animals and objects ready. Match the cards to the letter that starts with the same letter. This puzzle letter-matching activity is a fun way for kids to become acquainted with the alphabet.
Learn more: Happy Toddler Playtime
Snow Letter Activities
Even in the midst of winter, let your children practice writing their ABCs! After all, the cold won’t bother them with this project either!
Write some letters or words on parchment paper and tape them to a glass window or wall. Then have some fun playing while tracing the letters on the parchment paper with cotton balls that pretend to be snow!
Learn more with Happy Toddler Playtime. Check out our list of Cool Snow Crafts too.