Alphabetical Order

Working with physical objects prior to written concepts makes the notion of ABC-order more tangible to small children. Here’s a possible hands-on activity:

Take a variety of items or product packaging – cereal and other dry goods boxes are good, as are books or trading cards – and have kids physically alphabetize the items, rearranging them in order in the room by the name of the product, ie: Cheerios before Fruit Loops before Mini Wheats before Raisin Bran, etc. Setting up races or timed challenges in which they can beat their previous record will make this a fun activity that also provides some tangible learning.

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