An interest in letters

An interest in letters

Mr D is ever interested in letters and the alphabet. I can’t quite remember how and when it started. I have, for a while now, been sounding out letters for him, eg t t Thomas, c c cat etc. I think I probably started more formally introducing letters to him as part of our snail work (I think S was the first he recognised).

We we have been learning about the beach (b), castles (c) and other bits and pieces I’ve been introducing him to more and more letters. He does also have an alphabet jigsaw which he has more recently started taking an interest in (rather than just emptying all 26 letters all over the floor!).

When we are out now he like to point out the letters he knows on street signs, on car number plates and on signs – basically anywhere there is a letter he will point it out and tell me the ones he can see.

practising ABC

I hit upon the idea of making them some mats using a word mat from twinkl (I used this one and this one). I printed them out and laminated them and we use them as breakfast and lunch mats. They’re great for Mr D to tell me about the letters he can spot, as well as learning some more. They are also great for Miss E who is starting to talk more and more each day and is always keen to point out the things she knows from these mats.

I am really pleased with this little idea as it’s proven really effective for them both and I’m going to print some more off soon with high frequency words on etc for Mr D to start recognizing letters in words.

twinkl alphabet mat

I’m so excited for this next phase in Mr D’s development, and of course for Miss E as she begins to be able to communicate (verbally) her world around her.  Even better they both treat it as a bit of a game and don’t realise that they’re learning along the way!

blogging mummy





  1. Pat
    18th September 2015 / 09:31

    Yes a clever boy. Hes loving letters at the moment x

  2. Pat
    18th September 2015 / 09:32

    Meant to say he’s a clever boy x

    • 21st September 2015 / 08:06

      they are so easy to do but so effective. I need to print off some more for them to use I think x

  3. 27th September 2015 / 09:43

    Thank you for linking up with #anythinggoes linky I think it is so important to try and teach your kids anytime you can. I love the mat you have made and he wont even know he’s learning. Its such a fab idea. I am always pointing out letters and numbers and its never to early to start 🙂 x

  4. 7th October 2015 / 22:22

    ooo like the mat, think this is a great idea and will be doing the same for Monkey. Thank you for the inspiration #ToddlerApprovedTuesday xx

    • 9th October 2015 / 20:20

      you’re welcome – have fun with it x

  5. 12th October 2015 / 19:02

    Fab idea! I love dinner table conversation starters and this is perfect for our preschoolers! Thanks for linking up #toddlerapprovedtuesday x

    • 13th October 2015 / 07:47

      yes – lots of ideas to promote conversations. I’ve printed some more off too, weather and words etc x

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