Exposing children to the alphabet in a creative way can help make learning letter recognition and letter sounds fun! Here’s a spring-inspired alphabet activity that provides an opportunity for children to play and interact with ABC’s!
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Learning the ABC’s with an Alphabet Flower Garden Activity
Open-ended ABC activities can be fun for children of all ages. My two year old is in the process of learning his letters and sounds, while my five year old is working on spelling. Our alphabet flower garden provided them both with the opportunity to learn individual literacy skills through play! (This post contains affiliate links.)
Materials for the Alphabet Flower Garden
- Clay pots in various sizes
- Dry black beans
- Mini wood craft sticks (I received mine from Craftprojectideas.com )
- Green Liquid Watercolor Paint or green food coloring (optional)
- Flower stickers
- Wite-Out pen or black sharpie
- Tray or cookie sheet
- Green felt
Setting up the Alphabet Flower Garden
1. Start by creating your flowers.
- I wanted my flower stems to be green so I soaked the mini craft sticks in green Liquid Watercolor Paint overnight. The next day I rinsed them in water and placed them on some paper towels to dry. This step is completely optional. The flowers look just as nice when left as natural wood!
- Write one letter of the alphabet toward the bottom of each stick using a Wite-Out pen (so the letters stand out). If you did not dye your craft sticks, a black sharpie should work fine.
- Place one flower sticker at the top of each stick.
2. Now you’re ready to prepare the garden.
- Line a tray or cookie sheet with green felt. The felt helps to keep the pots from sliding around and adds some color. The tray will help catch stray beans.
- Fill each clay pot with dry black beans and place the pots on the tray. (You could also use a different variety of beans, rice, or even play dough like Fun-A-Day! did with their Plant the Flowers Math Game!)
- Add your letter flowers to the pots by pushing them into the beans.
Playing with the Alphabet Flower Garden
Both kids were so excited to discover the alphabet flower garden waiting for them!
Once Lucy discovered the letters on the flower stems, she began creating all kinds of activities! She made up a rhyme she’d repeat over and over as she made the flowers jump from one pot to another. She also enjoyed spelling her name, seeing how many words she could create, and even creating patterns!
Theo has really been interested in spelling his name lately so I create a mini name activity using the alphabet garden. On one of the pots I wrote his name.
I put the four flowers with the letters in his name in the pot.
Theo loved ‘picking’ the flowers and putting them in order to spell his name!
Other Activities You Can Do with the Alphabet Flower Garden
- Create patterns with the flowers.
- Use the pots and flowers to practice skip counting by various numbers.
- Put all the flowers in ABC order.
- Sort the flowers.
We left this alphabet activity out for quite some time. Both kids would go back to it often to play and learn!
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