Here is a classic preschool/kindergarten activity that teaches letter recognition, phonics, and also works on the fine motor skills necessary for writing. First you trace a letter with glue onto a piece of construction paper and then you let your child glue beans onto the letter. All the while you say: “Wow! The B says ‘buh’. Beans start with ‘buh’ too. We are building with beans. Buh- buh- buh.” The more you can reinforce the letter sound, the better.
I’m showing beans and the letter B in this example, but you can be creative with the rest of the alphabet. You could use feathers for the letter “F”, raisins for the letter “R”, walnuts for the letter “W” and so on.
I would highly recommend doing this activity outside because it can get messy. Luckily we have a lot of crows in our backyard who like to eat beans!
(This post is adapted from Teaching My Baby to Read.)