Multi-Sensory Activities for Letter

    And Word Recognition   

    Bottle top alphabet matching board: Glue foam alphabet stickers to recycled bottle caps. Have your child match upper and lower case letters.  This activity can also be used for creating words or practicing the spelling of words. 

    Shaving cream: To reinforce the name of letters and or sight words. Spray shaving cream on a flat washable surface (table or even tub walls) Have your child name the letter and trace the letter while making the letter sound. After tracing the letter, the student identifies the letter name again.


    Chalk: Use jumbo size chalk to write on a trampoline, a sidewalk, or a concrete patio. When writing words, use flashcards as a reference to match letters or words


    Scrabble: Write letters on index cards or tag board. Use letter cards to spell words and make a scrabble game. 

    Painting: Use paint brushes, Q-tips or sticks (building fine motor skills) to write the letters/words with different colors. Use flashcards as a reference when learning sight words.
    Foam alphabet stamps: Use alphabet stamps and paint or even pudding to match upper case and lower case letters and create words!
    Play dough: Forming letters with play dough helps build letter recognition as well as letter formation. 
    Alphabet cookie cutters allow children to work on fine motor skills as well as practicing letter recognition, spelling and word recognition. 

    Using Legos to create letters and words requires a lot of concentration and is visually challenging.


    Pipe cleaner or wax wikki stick letter and word formation...

    Magazine letters: Have your child cut out letters from a magazine and create sight words or mystery messages. 

    Alphabet stencil exploration: Trace over stencils to reinforce letter identification. Also go on a letter exploration...bury letter stencils in sand, close eyes, feel for letters and identify letter based on the formation. Use the letter stencil found to spell words.

    Writing trays: Use flour, sand, salt, rice, spaghetti, rolled out play dough or sugar in a tray to write letters or words.  You can use letter or sight word flashcards as a reference for your child as he or she writes the word in the selected material using their fingers or a pencil or pen. Remember: Have your child say the letter or word before tracing, then write the letter or spell out the letters to the word while tracing. 

    Wooden alphabet puzzle: Puzzle piece letters can be taken out of the puzzle and scrambled for letter match ups along with creation of sight words.

    Magnetic alphabet letters: another resource to help students identify letters and spell new words! Try changing the first letter of words to create word family words.

    Alphabet stamps: Use an -ink pad and flashcards to create new words. 

    Gross Motor

    Hit the wall: Stick letter cards or word flashcards up on the wall (or the floor) and then use a ball to hit the letter or word and then identify the letter or work. This activity is also great for outside learning as it engages the whole body.

    Another way to do this same activity is to use a fly swatter to hit letters or words as you read them. 

    Twister: Use a dry erase marker to write letters or sight words on the mat and play the game by calling letter names or words instead of colors. 
    Beach ball or balloon letter/word recognition: Use a dry erase marker to write letters or words on the surface. Throw the ball and identify the letter or word that your hand has landed on.


    Board games such as Upwords, Scrabble or Banana Rama all have letters in them which means they have potential to become a learning resource for new words.

    Make A Word (by the Learning Ladder) is another resource that can be used to develop word knowledge. The blocks have lower-case letters on them so there is no confusion with capital letters. Sight word flash cards are used as a reference for spelling the word. 

    For more engagement when writing: Use a chalk board or a white board or even just cardboard to write on instead of paper.