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Your toddler will love these fun letter mat games for toddlers and you’ll love being able to help them learn their letters with these fun games.
One of the things that we’re working on with my two-year-old right now is recognizing and being able to pick out the letters of the alphabet. It’s one of those skills that is so necessary but honestly can become incredibly boring if you’re just reciting letters, reading books, or doing flashcards. I picked up one of those awesome foam letter mats (as my husband’s request) and have been amazed at how letter learning has become something that my son loves now. There are so many things you can do with the letter mats but these are three of our favorite games. They combine exercise, letters, and problem-solving all in fun games. And now when I ask my son if he wants to play with his letters, I always get a loud resounding yeah.
The best part of all three of these activities is that really all you need is a foam letter mat. You can order this foam mat on Amazon (my affiliate link) or just look at Target next time you’re there since that’s where I bought mine.
Game #1 – Toys that Start With
Put together the letter mat in a square or rectangle block with the pieces in the order of the alphabet. Once the letter mat is all together, get out a basket or box full of other toys. Give your toddler one toy at a time and tell them to put the toy on the letter it starts with until you’ve gone through the entire basket. So for instance, if you handed your toddler a car, they would put it on the letter “C.” We had to help K with this one at first, but he started to get it toward the end. It’s a great way to help associate common words like car, ball, and doll with their sounds. And don’t you just love how the toy we used for “B” is the Baymax from our Big Hero 6 party. I swear my son is obsessed with that thing.
Game #2 – E is for Exercise
If you have an active toddler like I do, you’ll love this one. Set out the mat in the order of the alphabet in a long vertical line, turning it if necessary to fit into your space. Once it’s all laid out on the ground, stand with your toddler at the A. Tell them to run to a certain letter and do something active on the letter. For example, run to the letter J and jump on it. Or run to the letter S and spin in a circle. Once they’ve found the letter and done their silly exercise, they come back to the start then go ahead. My son absolutely loved this, and I loved it because he took a great nap afterwards.
Game #3 – Puzzle Pop Out
The foam mat that I bought and most of the foam mats that I’ve seen (like this one on Amazon) have letters that pop out of the middle like puzzle pieces. For the final game, pop out all of the letters and put the popped out letters in the middle of the room. Lay out the mat pieces around the pile of letters and have your toddler find the letters and put them back into their corresponding piece like a great big puzzle. To make it more of a letter learning exercise, give him a particular letter to find and start with rather than letting him just find letters and find where they fit into the puzzle. By telling them a letter to find, they have to recognize that particular letter.