Learning the Alphabet through Books and Videos
Learning the alphabet is a crucial skill for kids. Besides traditional alphabet picture books, new and innovative publications, toys and videos have opened up an exciting way to learning ABC in a fun and interactive manner. Here’s how.
Best alphabet learning books
Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! (1996): Imaginatively written, this book will introduce your child to capital and small letters, corresponding (hilarious) illustrations and easy rhymes.
The Alphabet Room by Sara Pinto (2003): A clever twist to learning the alphabet through a hide-and-seek game. Each letter has a door behind which corresponding objects change with the addition of new letters.
An A to Z Walk in the Park (2008) by R. M. Smith: An animal-theme alphabet book. The author invites little ones to a fictitious wildlife park with more than 200 animals, whose names are the key to learning the alphabet.
Best alphabet learning toys
Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet Set: This is a great alphabet toy by Leapfrog, that’ll get your kids learning while they dance to music! Place a big bright letter on the reader and your child can hear its name and the sound it makes by means of a phonic song.
Spin and Sing Alphabet Zoo: Also by Leapfrog, this toy can help your child learn the alphabet in letter, music or animal mode. Your child will be captivated by all the lights, sounds, motions and songs built into the toy as your little one spins the wheel. This encourages fun learning.
Alphabet Art: Made by Melissa and Doug, this bright and colourful wooden puzzle requires that your toddler match each letter to the correct illustration. The artwork is exceptional and this toy also builds your child’s memory and motor skills.
Best alphabet learning videos
Pocket Snails - Letter Adventure (Soaring Star Productions): One of the top 10 educational products of 2004, this video is about three pocket snails – Gordon, Buttons and Dale who live in Jake’s pocket. With ample use of sound, music and animation, Letter Adventure helps your kid learn and practice the alphabet.
Letter factory – Made by Leapfrog: This phonics programme follows a simple yet interesting story format revolving around Tad, Lily, Leap and Professor Quigley: This video uses lots of music and interaction to teach your kid the alphabet.
Winnie the Pooh ABCs: This Disney classic uses a novel narrative format to teach your child the alphabet. It explains rhyming, and demonstrates how letters and sounds are connected.
Watch with pride as your little one starts the journey of learning and discovery with these informative and fun alphabet learning tools.