Literacy at Home: Letter Tic-Tac-Toe

We’ve got an incredibly simple literacy at home activity for you this week that helps to build letter recognition, and practice both reading and writing! Most children start out learning the alphabet by spelling their names. For this activity, they only need to be able to make their first initial!

How does it work?

Play tic-tac-toe with your child! However, rather than using X and O, use a variety of letters to help them with letter recognition. A good place to start is with the first letter of their name, and you can use the first letter of your name (or your title: mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, etc.).

That’s it!

As they grow in confidence, you can work through the other letters in their name and yours over a period of time. Remember to keep it fun, and even if their first letter attempts don’t really look like letters, that’s okay! You could help them out by having a sample of the letter they are using next to your game, so they can look at it for reference.