Check out our fun collection of letter B activities for 2-year-olds!
Each week, I do a set of hands-on activities with my Two to help her learn a new letter. We keep it light and simple, and on the days we do “formal” learning we spend about 15 minutes. Sometimes she plays longer if it’s a sensory activity.
These ideas are meant to inspire you to do a little learning with your toddler, if he or she is willing and interested.
Threading beads onto pipe cleaners is such a relaxing and satisfying fine motor activity. Both my Two and Four were busy for quite some time
I printed this color sorting mat and pulled out our tub of bear counters. I was surprised how much fun my Two had with this color sorting activity. You can see that the yellow bears are in a circle. “They’re sitting at a table, Momma.”
To review all the letters we’ve learned so far, I wrote them on tiny dried beans so my Two could sort them in a muffin tin. Dried lima beans would be a better choice because they’re larger, but I couldn’t find them in the store.
She really enjoyed this, and my Four sat close beside her to help as needed.
With my older kids I remember tracing a letter into play dough and having them put beads on top of the lines to form the letter. I tried that with my Two, but she wasn’t ready for that kind of a structured activity. Instead, she just enjoyed poking beads into play dough.
Here’s a super fun, low-mess sensory activity. Just make a sink of bubbles using some dish soap. Grab a layer of bubbles and put them on a towel or plastic table cloth. Add some building toys (like our Duplos), and your child can build with bubbles. My Two and Four loved this. I was able to get the breakfast dishes clean while they built.
And you’d be surprised at how low mess this is. Bubbles make very little water.
I like this simple butterfly craft from No Time for Flashcards.
We also did this cute butterfly craft from Red Ted Art. The fun part was using an eye dropper to decorate the butterfly wings, so I’d call the process a win.
However, I waited too many days after the wings dried to add the clothespin, eyes, and antennae. I have to say that by then my toddler had no interest, and she didn’t even recognize the finished butterfly as hers. So I guess this was for me. 🙂
We used these pictures for a vocabulary builder. I named each picture, and my daughter covered each one with a counter. (Get the printable in the free download at the end of this post.)
We sang our Little Letter B Book a few times (get it for free here).
We had a lot of fun playing and learning this week, but I should note that my daughter didn’t remember the name of letter B at the end of the week. She often confused it with R, which isn’t surprising.
To help her, I chose six of the letters we’ve learned so far so she could sort them. This was helpful, but she still didn’t have a firm grasp of letter B at the week’s end.
My goal is not to drill the letter names into her head, but just to have fun doing fine motor, sensory play, crafts, and more. I know she’ll learn the letters the more we talk and play with them.
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