25+ Simple Alphabet Manipulatives for Kids

Worksheets. Wonderful, easy, boring, dull worksheets. Who wants to learn with those? Seriously, all of my daughters would prefer to have teeth pulled than to sit down and try to learn something with worksheets. My 3rd grader has never completed a phonics worksheet, but just tested at upper 4th grade level for reading. My oldest two daughters were testing in the 5th grade reading level by the time they finished kindergarten. No worksheets there either. So what did we use instead? We helped them discover a love for learning with these 25 simple alphabet tools. Extra bonus, that we’ve been able to use these year after year no matter what learning style we were working with.

Help your child love to learn with these 25+ amazing alphabet tools! You will love this variety of alphabet manipulatives that can be used for letter recognition, handwriting, spelling and more! The best alphabet resources available!

25 Simple Alphabet Tools

Melissa and Doug Wooden Alphabet Magnets

These alphabet magnets are more chunky than traditional magnets which not only makes them great for little hands, but they can add variety to activities after the kids are bored of the regular ones. We loved using them in this alphabet I Spy Game and alphabet sensory bin!

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Lowercase Alphabet Lacing Beads (get the Uppercase Alphabet Lacing Beads here)

I love that these are shaped like the actual letters so that kids can feel the shape while they are playing with them!

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Jumbo Lowercase Alphabet Stamps (get the Uppercase letters here)

There are so many fun ways to explore with alphabet stamps and these are our favorite to use!!

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Alphabet Cookie Cutters

They offer an alphabet-only version, but since this has so many fun cookie cutters, it’s worth it to get the bigger pack.

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Educational Insights Color-Coded Alphabet Magnets

Great for learning about vowels and consonants! These differ from traditional plastic alphabet magnets because all the vowels are colored red and all consonants are blue.

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Color-Coded Alphabet Tiles

Just like the color-coded alphabet magnets, these alphabet tiles help kids easily see where the vowels are!

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Rock ‘n’ Learn Alphabet and Letter Sounds DVDs

We have been Rock ‘n’ Learn fans for years! We used shapes, numbers, money, physical science and more. These fun DVDs put learning to songs, so that they are easy to remember.

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Leap Frog Magnetic Letter Bus

I have been listening to Tad sing the alphabet for the last 8 years!! We still use him every day!

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Alphabet Unifix Cubes

These are great for word building!

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Alphabet Train

Good for practicing alphabetical order!

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Hape Toys Wooden Stand-Up Letter Puzzle

I love this alphabet puzzle because you can use the letters independently to build words. And because there are no pictures involved, the kids really have to pay attention to the shape of the letters as they are matching.

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Melissa and Doug See-Inside Alphabet Puzzle

A great puzzle for introducing beginning sounds!

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Alphabet Dough Stampers

These alphabet stampers work on fine-motor skills as the kids learn about letters and spell words.

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Alphabet Construction Set

These are especially great for kids who need to focus on letter formation.

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Wikki Stix Alphabet Cards

We love using Wikki Stix for all sorts of craft projects, so it’s fun to use them for learning the alphabet too!

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Lakeshore Alphabet Stencils

Great for introducing letters in a casual, fun way, these cards also give an introduction to beginning sounds and simple words.

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Traytastic Alphabet Silicone Molds

We have filled these with all sorts of things! Including using them for a science project!

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Melissa and Dough Alphabet Stickers

Whether you want to work on spelling, matching, or just have fun, kids LOVE these letter stickers!

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Lakeshore Jumbo Alphabet Beads

Easy for little hands to hold and thread, these alphabet beads are great for matching uppercase and lowercase letters, building words, and talking about colors!

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Wooden Moveable Alphabet with Box

This is a Montessori set, but even if you are not fully Montessori, your kids can benefit from being able to build words, feel the letter shapes and have a great place to work on sorting!

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Sandpaper Tracing Letters

Awesome for tactile learning!

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Dry-Erase Alphabet Book

We don’t do a lot of ‘workbook’ time, but kids love to use dry erase markers! Plus, you can use it over and over!

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Scrabble Tiles

Not just for playing Scrabble. You can use this to play a memory game, spell words, or do an I Spy!

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Alphabet Cookies

Learn about the alphabet and have a snack with these yummy alphabet cookies!

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Alphabet Pasta

Use for a craft project, sensory bin or just for a fun learning meal!

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Leap Frog Tag Junior Interactive Alphabet Flash Cards

My kids have loved their Tag Junior!! These cards are so fun for them to explore and provide a great, independent learning activity!

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