Using letter jars will help children with early reading skills. It’s easy to make and fun to play. Perfect for home-school-ers / or preschoolers.
Ideas for objects beginning with the letters A, B, C, D, E, and F.
Ideas for objects beginning with the letters G, H, I, J, and K.
Ideas for objects beginning with the letters L, M, N, and O.
Ideas for objects beginning with the letters P, Q, R, and S.
Add a picture of your child. They love to be included.
Ideas for objects beginning with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z.
Introduce one jar at a time: naming the objects and pointing out the beginning sound. Explain that all the objects that start with that sounds should go together in a jar. Some of the sounds will be easy for them to learn, others more difficult. Some of the letters conveniently say their sound: like D. Some letters are harder like G because they don’t say their sound.
When he or she seems to be able to name the objects, let children test themselves by getting out two jars at a time and mixing the objects. Then they have to sort them back out. If two jars is too easy, use three.
More advanced activities:
Some letters can make more than one sound so you can use separate jars for these if you like. Also, it can be very helpful to have a F jar and a Ph jar. It’s also helpful to have a jar for wh, sh, ch, th and other common combination sounds. Some children learn better using this kind of hands-on game.
My Children loved these jars. They would ask to use them. The little nick-knacks are so interesting.
Find baby food jars or plastic containers from your recycle bin. Label each container with a letter or letter combination.
Fill the containers with whatever you can find. Hunt for little things such as might be in a Piñata, given in a party favor bag, or found at the bottom of a toy box. If you have kids, chances are, you have junk toys.
*Please be aware that I’m not suggesting that you should use these with children that still put things in their mouth.