March Give-away: Ida Perle Alphabet Cards (closed)

This give-away has now closed.

Congratulations to Annabelle Nicholas who is the winner of the alphabet cards.

WIN a set of Ida Perle’s Alphabet Cards valued at $80.00 courtesy of Quirky Kids Online.

The set includes 26 unique illustrated alphabet cards (each 15cm x 15cm) printed on heavy cardstock.

The cards are practical, educational and seriously stylish. They can serve as a hands-on interactive learning tool for children or as an artistic and unique decor addition to your child’s room.

Although these cards would look lovely framed on your child’s bedroom wall or hung along some string with chic clothes pegs, we have also shared 12 practical ways you could use these cards to make the alphabet fun for your child.

To enter:

Leave a tale below and tell us of a creative way to learn or teach the alphabet.

It may be the way you remember learning the alphabet at school or at home when you were a child; it may be an idea you have picked up as a parent or it may just be a game or activity you have invented yourself.

The winner:

The most creative entry will be awarded the Ida Perle Alphabet Cards

Don’t despair if you miss out on winning this gorgeous prize. These Ida Perle Alphabet Cards are available for purchase from Quirky Kids Online

Terms and conditions:

1. Each reader may enter only once.

2. Entrants must live in Australia. The prize will only be awarded to an entrant living in Australia.

3. All entries must be received by 8pm AEST on Friday 1 April, 2011

4. The most creative entry will be chosen as the winner, as determined by Jackie Small of My Little Bookcase and Hayley McGrath of Quirky Kids Online

5. All entries will be published in our ‘Alphabet Activities‘ article.

6. The winner will be notified via email on Monday 4 April, 2011

7. The winner will also be announced on www.mylittlebookcase.com.au, facebook and Twitter.

March Give-away: Ida Perle Alphabet Cards (closed)

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  1. When teaching prep we had an ‘experience’ for every letter of the alphabet.. Some particularly memorable experiences were: walking barefoot in the mud for ‘m’; having a Teddy bears’ picnic for ‘t’; making pancakes for ‘p’; painting our feet and making footprint pictures for ‘f’; collecting autumn leaves and making collages for ‘l’; making orange juice for ‘j’ and creating a patchwork quilt for ‘q’. We always followed the activity with writing a short, rhyming or repetitive text as a group. We then read and worked on the text throughout the week. The experiences were always the highlight of the week for teachers and students, and we never had a problem getting parent helpers to assist and join in the fun!

  2. Sounds like a lot of fun Kirsty. Can’t wait to try some of these in my home too, when the time is right!

  3. Mick said: On March 21, 2011

    Aaron was having a devil of a time remembering the correct sequence of letters so starting with “A” on a daily basis we added the next letter. If he had a “hiccup” we just repeated the day before’s letter then moved on when he got it right. With lots of praising and encouragement he soon had his alphabet down perfectly. The funny thing was that once this was done he asked us to do the same with his numbers as he was having so much fun he didnt want to finish. No i just hope Cooper finds the same enjoyment as Aaron wants to join in to help him.

  4. I find singing the alphabet song to kids is ideal as it has the same tune as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and so is very easy to remember for them. In addition to this, we used to use the traditional wooden alphabet blocks while playing, plus the plastic letter magnets on the fridge. Everywhere my children turned, they’d see colourful letters!
    Also, every few days we’d celebrate the “birthday” of an alphabet letter (in sequence of course). The evening’s dessert would be “dedicated” to that letter, and we’d practice writing it on a colourful piece of paper, which would be its “birthday card”. Lots of fun!!

  5. I love playing the good old ‘Eye Spy’ with my nieces and nephews, but (as they are still little people) we start with ‘I spy with my little eye, something beginning with (making the letter sound) ssss….ssss….ssss….S’ making sure the last word is the letter. They have to then repeat it back to me when they make a guess. ‘ssss..ssss..sssss…S….shirt!’. They have picked up on the letter-word association pretty well (although ‘knife’ still has them stumped!)

    • Thanks Christy. You’re right playing ‘Eye Spy’ with sounds is more important than letters in the early stages. Well done!

  6. Thanks Kirsty for your additional ideas (I am always amazed by the creativity of prep teachers, such a gift!). My munchkin really needs to do something physical in order to learn – you just can’t sit him down for too long (you should have seen him bouncing off the walls while I read the second half of The BFG today!) He’s learning to recognise letters at the moment, but is quite unresponsive to phonics, so I will keep that in mind.
    It’s strange to think that it’s well over 18 months since the penny first dropped that letters stood for something – in this case, the names of his friends – and actually “learning” what they are. (In case you’re wondering, he’s a couple of months shy of 5).

    • I agree Cath, Prep teachers are a creative breed! Learning the alphabet is a slow process. Maybe your munchkin would like some of the physical activities we’ve listed in our Alphabet Activity post like Alphabet Hunt or Hide and Seek.

      • Thanks girls, I think slightly mad is a better way to describe us! It’s always been a collaborative planning process at my school, so I can’t take credit for all the ideas.
        And Cath, don’t get too disheartened – it sounds like your son is doing fine (and quite typical!) Students in general, but particularly boys, have a tendency to make huge inroads all in a rush, usually in the second half of their Prep year, so he’s got plenty of time!

  7. We are having lots of fun at the moment with pipe cleaners making them into bright fun letters. Happy to share, I have not added my craft page, they look great!

  8. I have found the great outdoors are fantastic for teaching the alphabet. We have a big veggie garden so ‘b’ is for beans and beetroot, ‘l’ is for lettuce, ‘c’ for celery and so on. It gets the kids outdoors, learning about food and phonics and it’s fun!

  9. Living on a remote outback station with school of the air, we have to use our initiative at home. Making the letters out of play dough, spaghetti, drawing the letters on chalk on the shed cement floor, in the sand, making letters from the newspaper, so many ideas are essentially free and make visual learning and letter recognition fun.

  10. Together we collected items starting with each letter of the alphabet from around the house,
    We even used different mediums such as magazines and catalogues to find pictures such as a mouse!
    We went in the yard and laid each item in a line,
    And for each letter we created a unique sign,
    I placed the video recorder on a stand,
    And together we sang the alphabet song hand in hand,
    We replayed it on our television every day,
    And within a month my daughter proudly knew her alphabet without any prompting…HOORAY!

  11. As an Early Childhood educator I understand the importance of learning the alphabet at a young age! I found some good ideas to learning the alphabet is through music as children respond so well to music! I often find creating our own songs works great and singing these whilst doing everyday activities! For example A is for apple crunch crunch crunch! Children often remember these songs and associate the letter to the word. Then progressing so changing crunch crunch crunch to a a a and making the sounds of the letter!! Music is a great learning tool!! And always loads of fun! :):):)

  12. I have each student bring items in a lunch bag for our focus letter. Example it might be a rubber duck for letter D. I have the and their adult at home work together to decide what item to shareThey come up with hints that the child tells the class so they can guess the item. Example, it has feathers, it likes to be in water, it has a beek. The child love this activity. We have a child bring in a snack for our letter of the week. Parents sign up for the letter they choose. I place printed big letters in the art area for the children to decorate with items that begin with that letter, example stars for S, yarn for Y and so on. This is a few of my favorite ideas.

  13. We started reading the matthew van fleet alphabet book when Amber was 1, she loves it, it has an interactive surprise on every page and ours came with a great alphabet poster. We also started writing the letters on her magna doodle, we are up to F, she can tell you each letter which has surprised me, she is 2 in April.

  14. I teach my boys by making letter biscuits. They make words out of the letters and always argue about which letter they want to make.

  15. Every day I make our little one’s dinner into a letter and then we talk about words with that letter when eating. He even helps plate up!

  16. I teach Holliava by naming things/people she knows that start with that letter, showing her actual objects of photos, she is only just 2 but loves playing alphabet game!

  17. There is a list of wonderful ideas above, Different children learn the alphabet in different ways depending on their learning style. Another great method is another song which goes Ants on the apple “a” “a” “a”
    Balls are bouncy “bbb” and so on. This song is good as you can do the letter names and also the sounds. Kids love it and pick it up very quickly. With it you can also do cue articulation(similar to sign language but based on how the sound is made)which assists in letter recognition.

  18. Cath said: On March 31, 2011

    My son is almost 3 and was showing a real interest in the alphabet, so we have started having a “letter of the day”. He is fascinated with the digital camera, so we take it out wherever we go and he photographs anything to do with the particular letter we have chosen. Today is R day, so he has been photographing lots of ‘red’ things and finding the letter R in signs in shop windows, in the newspaper, and he wanted me to take a photo of him running. He also formed the letter R out of icypole sticks and photographed that. We will print the photos next week and make a poster with them to put up in his room.

  19. Jo said: On April 1, 2011

    Messy but memorable. Grab dad’s shaving cream, squish it all over an outdoor plastic table and have the kids draw the letters with their little fingers. The kids love the texture of the shaving cream on their hands.

  20. I have an old Enid Blyton way of remembering the Vowels. I read this when I was a child and my 3 year old daughter has known her alphabet for a long time now (even backwards!) so she is now up to Vowels. She is trying to teach her 10 month old sister the alphabet!

    I have 5 procelain dolls and each doll has her own spot on a shelf. Their names are after vowels and they have the matching letter to hold also.
    (A)melia
    (E)lizabeth
    (I)sabella
    (O)livia
    (U)rsula

    It’s a great tradition as my daughter knows these dolls are very specail because they once belonged to me. So if my daughter needs to remember her vowels she will have a good memory of where her dolls sit in her room, what their names are and what letter they are each holding. I also explain to her that any letter in the alphabet which isn’t there is called a ‘consonant’!

  21. When learning the ALPHABET IS A Must
    Playing with ” HOMEMADE ” alphabet Swap cards
    Is the most “FUN – Way”
    You can definitely TRUST !

    Concentration,Snap,and listing an animal for each letter Kids LOVE !

  22. I started teaching my 2.5 year old the alphabet by starting with the letter A for her name, Arabella. When we were out shopping one day she pointed to a Safeway sign and said triangles, recognizing that the a’s were a triangle shape. So I explained that was the letter A as in A for Arabella. I then reinforced the triangle shape which is easily recogniseable in capital A , and did the same in introducing the letter O for Oscar, her baby brother. We then played games with playdough making the letters A and O, and then gradually H for Hamish our dog and D for David, her Dad. She Also has a set of letter magnets in capital letters and I ask her to sort them, finding all the As, Os and Ds. So we’ve reinforced the letters through shape association and relevance to people she knows. We now play a game where we look at signs while driving to see if we can spit an A, O or D- she loves it and often us the first to say ‘look A for Arabella’. We have also been reading Alison Jay’s alphabet book- which she just loves. I drive a Honda and yesterday she was pointing out the H, O and A on the car to her dad! This amazed me as we’ve never looked or spoken about at the letters on the car, so it’s very rewarding that she’s recognizing the letters in everyday things! We’re both having so much fun!

  23. Chez said: On April 1, 2011

    I find cooking with kids is good, as when you use an ingredient you teach them that letter. It is good making pizzas as there its lots of ingredients and at the same time i teach them to cook, eat healthy, colors and shapes.

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