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There are many toys that can help to teach young kids the basics of reading and writing. Below are a few examples of educational toys that are great for teaching kids how to spell.
Jigsaw puzzles are a fun way to teach young kids the alphabet. By assembling the different jigsaw puzzle pieces in the right places, kids can learn the order of different letters in the alphabet. It also gets them used to the shape of different letters. Some puzzles also contain pictures of animals or objects beginning with that letter to help kids identify the sounds of letters by associating them with that animal or object.
One of the most traditional alphabet-based toys is letter blocks. These are wooden blocks with different letters on them that can be stacked and placed next to each other to create words. Unlike puzzles that may contain small pieces, letter blocks are large enough that they won’t be a choking hazard, making them suitable for kids of all ages.
Plush toy letters
Do your kids love cuddling up with plush toys? Plush toy letters such as this F plush could be a fun toy to consider. You could buy a single plush letter, or you could buy multiple plush letters to allow kids to spell out their name.
Alphabet fridge magnets
Kids love magnets, however most fridge magnets aren’t designed to be toys. Alphabet fridge magnets are a form of fridge magnet that your kids can actually play with. These can be assembled to form various different words and sentences. You can keep these magnets on your fridge door or in a container by the fridge.
Word/letter card games
There are many card games aimed at kids that can teach kids letters and words. These include letter cards that can be arranged to form words, or letters/words that can be matched to images. Some of these card games are aimed at slightly older kids (like Lexicon) so make sure to look at the recommended age.
Scrabble is possibly the most famous word-based board game. Junior Scrabble is a version of this classic board game that is aimed at young kids – it incorporates words and pictures to make things simpler and more fun. This could be a great board game to start kids on until they are competent enough to play traditional Scrabble. Junior Scrabble is also available as an app.
Electronic spelling toys
There are so many electronic toys on the market that can help kids to spell. Many of these have letter buttons which sound out the letter when pressed. Some of these toys have games incorporated into them that ask kids to press certain letters or even spell out certain words. Some also have numbers in order to integrate some numeracy learning. You can take the time to explore these toys online. Make sure to buy some batteries when buying these toys as they may not always be included.