How to Make an Alphabet (ABC) Book with your Toddler
Learning the alphabet is one of your child's first steps on the road to academia. And as a new parent, we can get caught up in our desires for our children to excel. This can make teaching our children the alphabet seem a rather daunting task. But just keep in mind that toddlers are like little sponges just waiting to soak up knowledge from the world around them. As a fun activity to help you get started or in addition to your other learning activities try creating an alphabet book with your child.
Alphabet books are a fun learning tool for your children because they are full of pictures of themselves and people they know. This means your child will be more eager to look at the book again and again.
The books are actually fairly straight forward to make. Choose a picture for each letter of the alphabet. (I have included some ideas below.) Then mat each picture on brightly colored acid free paper.
Choose a coordinating or matching color from which to cut out large letters for each picture. (I would recommend at least three inches tall.) Brighter colors will help draw your child's eye away from the picture and to the letter. Print the word you are using to describe the picture in a large simple font. (I would recommend Ariel in 18 to 24 font size.) Mat the word in a color that coordinates with or matches the color mat for the picture.
Then paste the picture, word and letter to a scrapbook page. Keep the pages consistent. If the picture is slightly right of center with the letter in the upper left and the word centered on the page below the picture then maintain that layout. (Mirroring the layout on opposite pages is acceptable.)
Your child with an apple
Your child playing with animals
Your child's aunt(s)
Your child taking a bath
Your child playing ball
Your child looking at birds
Your child petting the cat
Your child playing with a group of children
Your child playing with or ride in a car
Your child's father (dad)
Your child petting a dog
Your child in a diaper
Your child or the family eating
Your child playing with an Elmo toy
A close-up of your child's eye
A picture of the whole family
Your child playing with or on a farm
A close-up of your child's feet
Your child's grandparents
Your child opening or giving gifts
A picture of a sister, female cousin or other girl relative
A close-up of your child's hand
Your child playing with a hamster
Your child eating ice cream
Your child ice skating
Your child catching insects
Your child jumping
Your child eating jam or jelly
Your child holding a Jack-o-lantern
Your child dressed as a knight or a king
Your child flying a kite
Your child playing with keys
Your child turning on a light
Your child visiting the library
Your child playing on the lawn
Your child's mother
Your child "mowing" the lawn
Your child drinking milk
Your child's nana
Your child at night
Your child during nap time
Your child eating oranges, Oreos or oatmeal
Your child at the zoo with owls, octupus or ostriches
You child next to the oven
Your child's pants
Your child's pillow
Your child painting
Your child wrapped in a quilt
Your child dressed as a queen
Your child holding a quarter
Your child wearing a raincoat
Your child running a race
Your child eating raisins
Your child building a snowman
Your child sleeping
Your child's shoe
Your child in a tree
Your child playing with a train
Your child playing with or riding in a truck
Your child's uncle(s)
Your child under an umbrella
Your child with a unicorn toy
Your child playing with or riding in a van
Your child "vacuuming"
Your child's valentine
Your child eating watermelon
Your child playing with wheels or a wagon
You child wearing a watch
Your child playing with a child's xylophone
Your child yawning or yelling
Your child playing in the yard
Your child playing with a yo-yo
Your child playing with or looking at a zebra
Your child at the zoo
Your child zipping a zipper
Allow your child to help create the book and they will attach more importance to it. After you've narrowed down the picture choice ask your child which pictures they would prefer. (I wouldn't give them more than two options and probably only for a few letters. Toddlers, after all, have very short attention spans.)
After you've chosen the pictures have your child help you match the pictures to the appropriate letter. Then they can help find the right word to match to the pictures.
This idea can also be modified for use with older children. When your child is ready to start reading you can create a simple personal story. Rhyming text works best. Or if the idea of creating rhyming verse is a little daunting try creating a simple dictionary. If you choose a scrapbook that allows you to insert pages you can even convert your alphabet book into a dictionary as your child gets older.
Enjoy your time bringing your toddler into the world of acadamia. They grow up so fast.
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