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Creating an ABC Book

ages 2-3


Paper, crayons, stickers, hole punch, ribbon

Activity Detail

Help your child to create his or her own ABC book. Start by cutting paper into even sizes (like cutting 8 1/2 by 11 inch pieces of paper into half). These will form the pages of the book. Over the course of a week or so, create the pages in the book. Start with 'A', write a capital 'A' and a lowercase 'a'. Talk about an item (that you can draw - like apple) that starts with an 'A'. Draw the item next to the letters. Talk about the item and the letter; if you can find it in your house, find the object. Make this something special that your child can look forward to doing every day. Get stickers (with letters and objects if you can) and have your child decorate the pages with stickers and crayons. Do three letters a day. At the end of the alphabet, punch holes on the side of the paper and put ribbon through the holes to make a book that your child can keep.


amyanddaniel said:

This activity is a great way to help children develop confidence as a pre-reader. They will feel good that they can recognize words like Cheerios and Tide.

- Posted on Jun 5, 2007

Andrea said:

Your kitchen might be ramsacked, but this is a fun way to get your child recognizing letters.

- Posted on Jun 8, 2007

maia_starling said:

A fun way to learn the alphabet. I had my 3 yr. old do this just with pictures of friends/family members. He didn't have any interest in sounds unless they were associated with a person

- Posted on Jun 9, 2007

jlpasqual said:

My son loves this notebook. We do a different letter everytime we open the book.

- Posted on Jun 11, 2007

Ramya said:

Other Savvy parents recommend creating your ABC book with items from around the house. For C, you could use the logo from the Cheerios box. For T, you could use the Tide label. Another great suggestion is to cut out words from magazines, especially those that your child might not see in children's books, like "telescope" or "magnifying glass." For younger children, you could also use photos of things that begin with a letter (a picture of a dog for the letter D) -- you can cut them out of magazines together or find them on the internet.

- Posted on Jun 15, 2007

jennifersweckard said:

I like that this activity makes use of all those magazines that seem to stack up. Don't forget the catalogs too!

- Posted on Jun 20, 2007

Jennifer said:

You can also do this activity with numbers.

- Posted on Jun 25, 2007

As a teacher, am not sure of the validity of using cheerios to teach your child 'c' as a sound. The first sound of that word is 'ch.' Confusing. I think you should teach that as a seperate sound with other words like chair. I think there are many more 't' words that are more useful to a child than Tide unless you are preparing them for a life as a 'desperate housewife!' :) Like the idea of cutting out pics from mags and stuff. Kids love that. Having capital and lower case letters is a good idea too. :)

- Posted on Sep 21, 2008

I am a reading recovery teacher and we do this activity with our students when we work with them. When "reading" the abc book we have the student point to each letter (upper & lowercase) and then point to the picture and say that too, ie. Cc cat...Dd dog.

- Posted on Sep 26, 2008

jack_son said:

I like that this activity makes use of all those magazines that seem to stack up. Don't forget the catalogs too!

- Posted on Oct 10, 2008

Mgroves1 said:

I'm wondering if this is too advanced for my 2 1/2 year old? When do they start being able to learn their abc's etc?

- Posted on May 27, 2009

loriawill said:

Mgroves1: The only thing that is too advanced for your child is the thing that you are not willing to take the time to teach. As long as your child is attending to what you are doing, (s)he will begin learning just by watching and listening to you. As you make the book, talk to your child - the more you talk to them, the more they learn.

- Posted on Jun 1, 2009

Mary said:

Learning academics is inappropriate in early childhood because their brains are not fully developed to learn academics. It may seem like it is, but the negative affects of learning academics in early childhood will not show until the age of 9 years old. Preschoolers should be learning social skills, not academics. They will learn academics when they get into kindergarten, whats the rush? If you disagree with this, google academics in preschool.

- Posted on Dec 7, 2010

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