5 Easy Ways to Teach your Toddler their ABCs and 123s

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Introducing toddlers to their ABCs and 123s is a great idea as they are little sponges for knowledge at this young. Note that I say introduce, at this age play and exploration is THE most important part of their activities.

With 4 children under foot I like to think I they have taught me a lot. One of the things I started doing early on is counting everything aloud. Those little ears and eyes are watching you and they will often repeat and model what you do. Learning mode is on permanently at this age!

My number one tip is repetition.

Where can you add these little extras throughout the day? I have a few ideas below.

Teach your toddler the abc and 123

5 Easy Ways to Teach your Toddler their ABCs and 123s

1. Count Out Loud and Often

We count the number of stairs we take, apples we buy at the shop, plants in our little garden patch. You can find ways to count everyday! Let your other half know what you are doing, they might like to join in and at the very least it gives him a heads up you haven’t gone crazy. 😉

2. Read Books

My youngest is a great fan of reading books, especially if Daddy is the one reading! Below are a few great books to get, most transition well into the preschool area so are worthwhile holding onto.

Read alphabet books:

Read counting books:


3. Sing Songs

Tunes are catchy and fun!

Sing the “Alphabet” song with your toddler,  “Five Little Monkeys” and “One, Two Buckle My Shoe” for example.

Find more counting songs here.

4. Print Worksheets / Coloring pages

 There are tons of websites available that have free number and letter worksheets. Personally I love to provide coloring pages!

My favorite resources:

Playdough mats are another great way to help form the abc and 123.

5 Easy Ways to Teach your Toddler their ABCs and 123s

5. Toys & Learning Games

Learning through play is the best way to teach!

Here are some games to play with your little one that incorporates ABC and 123.

Get my new book called ABCs and 123‘s, it is full of ideas to help your child learn their ABCs and 123’s through play!

abc 123 book

Recommended toys to buy.


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