Learning the Alphabet: The letter ‘L’

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Learning the Alphabet

Learning the Alphabet – Letter ‘L’ with a fun, practical activity that your child will enjoy. You can use arts and crafts to help your child write the letters. They can also recognize the alphabet’s different letters, and learn the phonics sounds. A great educational video that allows your child to practice their letters.

More fun activities:

Treasure Hunt: Letter A Objects

Learning the Alphabet - Treasure Hunt

In this game, Kids need to look for objects that start with the letter “A”. They can also look for objects that have the letter Aa on them. For example, Kids can find ‘an apple’ and ‘marker’. You can apply the same game to the other alphabet letters.

A treasure hunt game is great for getting little kids moving and little brains thinking. This activity needs lots of explanation so the kids can understand the game. The other goal of the game is to know that sounds makeup words. As well, the kids can differentiate the sounds.

Spot the Letter

Find the Letter

You can write the alphabet letters on the board or have them printed on a piece of paper. Then, you repeat one letter several times. For example, you repeat the letter ‘F’. Ask the kids to find the letter, circle it, say it out loud, and pronounce the sound.

Look for Big Heart

Big Heart
Big Heart

You can help the kids draw a big heart on a piece of coloured paper. Then, cut the heart with the scissors. You can write the letter H in the middle of the heart as well. Draw a pattern of different shapes on the edge of the heart. The kids have to find the shape of the heart and colour it or put the clothespins on them.

This is a good motor skill game for the little ones. It helps them identify the letters and adds to their vocabulary as well. It also helps them to relate to the objects around them.

Write on the Sand

Write on the Sand
Write on the Sand

Writing on the sand is a great activity for kids to enjoy writing alphabet letters. Kids need to use their little fingers to write letters. An adult can bring a tray with sand and model writing any of the alphabet letters.

The adult can ask the kids to mimic him/her. For example, the adult writes the letter ”S” with the correct directions on the sand. The kids then need to write the letter “S” the same way the adult did.

Busy Bee “B” Craft

Busy Bee Craft
Busy Bee Craft

This is a great craft for kids to learn the alphabet. You need coloured paper (black and yellow), scissors and glue. Draw the letter “B” on the yellow paper. Draw the antennae, the wings and the strips on the black paper.

Then, cut everything you draw. Stick the wings, antennae and the strips on the letter “B” with the glue. Kids can practice saying the sound of the letter as well.

Lego Alphabet “Z”

Lego Alphabet
Lego Alphabet

Kids can use their motor skills in this exciting activity. You can give the kids a box of lego in different colours. Ask the kids to use the lego from the box to make any alphabet letter. This activity helps the kids use their imagination to make the alphabet letter in the way they like. 

Yarn Wrapped Letters

Yarn Wrapped Letters
Yarn Wrapped Letters

In this fun game, you use cardboard and different-coloured yarn. You need to cut the cardboard into the shapes of the alphabet letters. The kids use the yarn to wrap it around the cardboard. They can mix colours in the same cardboard.

This interesting activity improves the kids’ motor skills. They can better identify the letters. You can hang them in the class, so the kids can see them all the time.

Alphabet Puzzle

Alphabet Puzzle
Alphabet Puzzle

Alphabet puzzle is an amazing game for kids. The adult or the teacher can bring the puzzle for any of the alphabet letters. Kids need to sort out the puzzle and get to know the letter. They can also identify the words for the pictures on the letter. For example, they connect the puzzle for the letter “B” and identify the words ball, bear and bee.

This kind of activity helps improve kids’ thinking and motor skills as well. It also strengthens kids’ ability to focus on the details. It helps the kids memorize the letters.

Multisensory Learning Fun: Activities for the Letter L

Learning the alphabet should be fun and engaging for young children. By incorporating different senses, you can create a more enriching experience that caters to various learning styles. Here are some multisensory activities to explore the letter L:

1. Tactile Exploration:

Sand/Salt Trays: Fill a shallow tray with sand or salt. Encourage children to trace the uppercase and lowercase forms of the letter L with their fingers or blunt tools. They can also use cookie cutters in the shape of the letter L or create their own designs in the sand/salt.

Play-Doh Creations: Let children mold Play-Doh into different shapes of the letter L. They can experiment with rolling long snakes and bending them into the L shape, or flatten the Play-Doh and cut out the letter using cookie cutters.

Wikki Stix Magic: Wikki Stix are colorful wax sticks that adhere to smooth surfaces. Children can use them to create the letter L shapes directly on a table or tray, adding a fun and sensory element to letter formation practice.

2. Auditory Learning:

Sing Letter L Songs: There are many catchy songs dedicated to the letter L. Sing along with your child and encourage them to say the sound “luh” along with the song.

Listen to the “L” Sound: Play audio recordings of words starting with the letter L, such as “lion,” “lemon,” or “laugh.” Ask your child to identify the sound and repeat the words after you.

Make Sounds with Everyday Objects: Find objects around the house that start with the letter L, like a spoon or a lunchbox. Encourage your child to make sounds associated with those objects while saying the letter L sound.

3. Visual Exploration:

“L” is for Scavenger Hunt: Hide objects around the house or classroom that start with the letter L (e.g., lamp, leaf, lollipop). Create a list or picture clues for children to find the hidden objects. This activity combines visual exploration with movement and reinforces the letter sound association.

Colorful L’s: Provide different materials like markers, crayons, or paints and let children create colorful uppercase and lowercase L’s. Encourage them to decorate their letters with patterns, lines, or dots to personalize them.

Matching Mania: Create picture cards of objects starting with the letter L and cards with uppercase and lowercase L’s. Ask your child to match the object pictures with the corresponding letter card. This activity helps with letter recognition and visual memory.

4. Kinesthetic Learning:

Body Alphabet: Stand up with your child and make the letter L shape with your bodies. Bend your arm at the elbow to create the top line and extend your other arm and leg out to form the vertical line of the L. Explore other letter shapes together to reinforce body awareness and letter recognition.

L is for Leap!: Play movement games that involve actions starting with the letter L, like “leapfrog,” “laugh,” or “lift.” This activity gets children moving while associating the letter with fun physical activities.

“L” is for Line Up: Have children line up in the shape of the letter L, holding hands or using hula hoops to connect them. This activity encourages teamwork and spatial awareness while reinforcing the letter shape.

Games and Songs to Make Learning the Letter L Fun!

Learning the alphabet should be a fun and engaging experience for children. Here are some captivating games and songs that incorporate the letter L:

1. Songs and Rhymes:

The Classic “LMNOP”: Sing the alphabet song starting from “L is for…” to reinforce the letter sequence and sound.

“The Letter L Song”: Find playful songs dedicated to the letter L. Many children’s music channels offer catchy tunes that introduce the letter sound and words associated with it.

2. Engaging Games:

“Letterbox” with a Twist: Instead of just posting objects with the letter L, elevate the game by adding an element of movement and sound. Children can take turns acting out actions related to “L” words (e.g., “leap” or “laugh”) while placing the object in the box.

3. Active Learning Games:

“I Spy” with the Letter L: Take turns playing “I Spy” but focus on finding objects that start with the letter L. This encourages observation skills and reinforces the “L” sound.

“Musical L’s”: Play some upbeat music and have children move around the room freely. When the music stops, call out an action starting with the letter L (e.g., “hop,” “limp,” “leap”). Children need to perform the action until the music starts again.

4. Creative Storytelling:

“L” is for Story Time: Create a story together using as many “L” words as possible. Take turns adding sentences and encourage children to think creatively and use descriptive words starting with L.

“Living Picture L’s”: Form the letter L with your bodies and have another person guess what word it represents. You can also take turns creating different letter shapes and guessing each other’s words.

5. Acting Fun:

“L” Word Charades: Write down various words starting with the letter L on pieces of paper. Take turns acting out the words without speaking, and let others guess the word based on the charades.

“Freeze Dance with L’s”: Play some music and have children move around freely. When the music stops, yell out an “L” word. Children have to freeze in a position that represents the word. Others can try to guess the word based on the frozen poses.

Book Recommendations and Reading Tips for the Letter “L”

Enhancing your child’s learning journey with the letter “L” can extend beyond playful activities. Integrating engaging books and strategic reading practices can further solidify letter recognition, sound association, and vocabulary development.

1. Favorite Books Featuring “L” Words:

Here are some captivating children’s books that prominently feature the letter “L”:

“Llama Llama Loves to Read” by Anna Dewdney: This delightful book features a lovable llama named Llama Llama who discovers the joy of reading. It’s a great story to encourage your child’s love for books and highlights many “L” words like “library,” “learn,” and “love.”

“The Very Quiet Cricket” by Eric Carle: This classic tale follows a shy cricket who learns to find his voice. The repetitive use of the phrase “little cricket” reinforces the “L” sound in a charming way.

“Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown: This soothing bedtime story features a playful search for objects around the room, many of which start with the letter “L” like “lamp,” “lions,” and “little house.”

“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis: While this book might be more advanced for younger children, it offers a captivating fantasy adventure featuring a lion as the main character. Reading excerpts and highlighting the numerous “L” words can be a fun way to introduce the letter in a captivating way.

“Little Lost Kitten” by Anna Dewdney: This heartwarming story about a lost kitten searching for its home incorporates many “L” words like “lost,” “look,” and “little.”

2. Reading Tips for Reinforcing the Letter “L”:

Point out the letter “L”: As you read together, actively point out uppercase and lowercase “L”s throughout the book. Discuss the sound it makes and encourage your child to repeat it.

Focus on “L” words: Highlight words that start with the letter “L” within the story. Ask your child if they can identify other “L” words on the page or in their surroundings.

Retell the story: After reading, encourage your child to retell the story in their own words. This helps them process the information and recall the “L” words they encountered.

Make connections: Discuss how the “L” words relate to real-life experiences or objects your child encounters, fostering deeper understanding and memory retention.

Act it out: For some stories, encourage your child to act out the different parts of the story, particularly focusing on scenes with prominent “L” words.

Engaging the Senses: At-Home “L” Crafts and Snacks

Learning about the letter “L” can be a delightful adventure that extends beyond games and books. Engaging your child’s creativity through fun crafts and tasty snacks can solidify their understanding of the letter while offering sensory exploration and imaginative play.

1. Edible “L” Delights:

Ants on a Log: This classic snack is a perfect way to incorporate the letter “L.” Use celery sticks as the base and top them with creamy peanut butter or cream cheese. Then, add lines of raisins or dried cranberries to create the “ants” marching across the “logs.”

Lollipop “L”s: Melt white chocolate chips and dip pretzel sticks or candy sticks into the melted chocolate. While the chocolate is still soft, use sprinkles or edible glitter to form the letter “L” on the treat.

“Ladybug” Cookies: Bake sugar cookies shaped like circles. Decorate them with red icing and black spots to resemble ladybugs. Use a small candy dot or icing to create the ladybug’s head with the letter “L” drawn on it.

“Lion” Fruit Kebabs: Thread various fruits onto skewers, such as grapes for the mane, orange slices for the face, and banana slices for the ears and mouth. Use a black edible marker to draw eyes and a nose to complete the “lion” design.

2. Creative “L” Crafts:

“L” is for Puppet Show: Cut out large L-shaped pieces from cardboard or felt. Decorate them with different themes like animals, superheroes, or favorite characters from books. Use markers, buttons, fabric scraps, and other crafting materials to personalize the puppets. Then, put on a puppet show together, incorporating stories and dialogues related to the letter “L.”

“Leaf Lanterns”: Collect fallen leaves and use hole punches to create small dots throughout the leaf. Apply a thin layer of glue on the inside of the leaf and carefully stick tissue paper of different colors inside. Tie a string to the top of the leaf and hang them up to create colorful “leaf lanterns.”

“Locomotive L”: Use cardboard boxes of different sizes to create train cars. Decorate them with markers, stickers, and construction paper to resemble locomotives. Cut out large L shapes from colored paper and attach them to the front of the first car to represent the letter “L.”

Adapting “L” Activities for Different Ages and Needs:

1. Younger Toddlers (18 months – 3 years old):

  • Focus on Sensory Exploration:
    • Edible “L” snacks: Choose softer snacks like mashed banana on toast cut into “L” shapes or offer yogurt with cereal arranged in the letter “L.”
    • Crafts: Opt for simpler activities like finger painting with red and black paint to create “ladybugs,” or use large, pre-cut “L” shapes for decorating with stickers or glitter.
  • Keep it Short and Engaging:
    • Limit activity time to their attention span. Break down crafts into smaller steps and offer opportunities for them to explore and play freely.
  • Sing and Play:
    • Sing songs that emphasize the letter “L” and sound. Play simple games like “peek-a-boo” while hiding behind a blanket shaped like the letter “L.”

2. Older Preschoolers (4-6 years old):

  • Encourage Independence:
    • Provide age-appropriate materials and tools, allowing them to create their own “L” crafts with minimal assistance.
    • Involve them in selecting “L” snacks and encourage them to help with preparation tasks they can manage.
  • Introduce More Complex Activities:
    • Explore activities like puppet shows with more elaborate “L” puppets they create themselves.
    • Try making “L” shaped cookies using cookie cutters or decorating pre-made cookies with frosting and sprinkles.
  • Expand Learning:
    • While creating crafts, discuss different objects that start with the letter “L” and encourage them to come up with their own examples.

3. Accommodating Special Needs:

  • Fine Motor Issues:
    • Adapt crafts to minimize reliance on fine motor skills.
      • Offer pre-cut shapes for decorating.
      • Use thicker materials like foam sheets or pipe cleaners instead of paper and scissors.
      • Encourage alternative methods like finger painting or using large tools for stamping.
    • Consider using edible “play dough” for sensory exploration without requiring intricate shaping.
  • Other Special Needs:
    • Be mindful of individual needs and preferences.
    • Choose activities that are accessible and enjoyable for each child.
    • Modify or simplify activities as needed to ensure participation and success.


  • The key is to have fun and be creative! Adapt activities to your child’s individual needs and abilities to create a positive and inclusive learning experience.
  • Focus on the process, not just the product. Enjoy the journey of creation and exploration together, celebrating their efforts and progress.
  • Always prioritize safety and supervision. Choose age-appropriate materials and adapt activities to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: My child doesn’t seem interested in the activities you suggested. What can I do?

A: Every child learns differently. Try offering a variety of activities and find what resonates with your child. Observe their interests and adapt the activities to what they enjoy. Don’t get discouraged, keep things playful and positive, and focus on fostering a love for learning through exploration.

Q: How long should I spend on these activities each day?

A: It’s best to follow your child’s lead and attention span. Short, engaging sessions are often more effective than long, forced activities. Aim for quality time filled with interaction and exploration rather than focusing on specific durations.

Q: What if my child has special needs?

A: Many of the activities in this article can be adapted to accommodate various needs. Focus on the learning objectives and modify elements like materials, complexity, or presentation to ensure your child can participate and enjoy the learning experience.

Q: Are there other resources available for learning about the letter L?

A: Absolutely! Explore educational websites, apps, and children’s music channels that offer engaging activities and songs related to the letter L. Additionally, visit your local library for a wide selection of children’s books featuring the letter L and stories that can reinforce learning.


Learning the alphabet is a fundamental step in a child’s development, laying the foundation for reading and writing skills. By incorporating various activities, tips, and adaptations mentioned in this article, you can transform learning about the letter L into a fun and engaging experience for your child. Remember, the most important element is to create a positive and supportive environment where your child feels encouraged to explore, learn, and discover the joy of letters!

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