Most children have a natural love of animals, so in many cases they are an ideal way to open up the world of literacy to kids. As children grow from toddlers to school-ready big kids, the Alphabetimals, cute cartoon animals in the shape of letters, help bridge the gap between lovable and familiar animals and the more abstract concept of the alphabet.
Many parents and teachers have asked us about the best way to get started using our digital and print media, so below we created a list of our most popular resources that help kids learn important early literacy skills like letter identification, alphabetical order, and uppercase/lowercase matching.
Next visit the online animal dictionary which showcases even more Alphabetimals per letter – we have 10 animals that start with the letter S! Here you can also click on the animals and hear their sounds, or click on their names to hear them read allowed. With over 130 animals, your child is sure to find some favorites.
The easiest way to get young kids started with Alphabetimals is to download our free app, available for iOS and Mac Desktop. Toddlers will love to tap the uppercase and lowercase letters to see the animals appear with a funny sound and animation. As they get older and more dexterous they can walk through the interactive Albert and the Alphabetimals story, which provides even more small animations and surprises as well as a cute little story to tie it all together.
Nothing is better to get started with the alphabet than the letters in your child’s name! With our online typing game, you can type your child’s name or any other fun words and see them written in Alphabetimals. Older kids will especially like punching the keys and watching the animals appear. Then once you’ve got your word written on the screen, you can print it out at home, share it digitally, or even get it printed on gift items like t-shirts and coffee mugs through Zazzle’s online store.
Take it offline and tactile with some of our online printables. Our activity worksheets bring your child on an A-Z adventure, helping our hero Albert complete different activities – like connect-the-dots, letter writing practice, mazes, color-by-number, create your own, learn to draw, pick the right path, matching, and more – to become an Official Alphabetimals Expert.
Our Alphabetimals Photo Safari game is another great way to take the fun and learning offline. Even 2 year olds will have fun to matching the uppercase “mommies and daddies” to the lowercase “babies”, while older kids can play the full game, which is a cute version of “old maid” where you don’t want to get stuck with Albert himself! These high quality glossy cards are available on demand through our partner DriveThruCards.
Are your kids enjoying the Alphabetimals so far? If so, why not take it to the max and order our Alphabetimals Picture Dictionary with over 130 Alphabetimals and hours of coloring fun. Every copy that gets purchased helps support our initiative of continuing to add to and improve our learning resources.
Thanks for your interest in Alphabetimals. We hope that you can find resources here that inspire your child to get started with learning the ABC’s, but most of all have fun doing it. We always welcome any feedback and appreciate the support we get when you purchase and download our resources.
– Patrick O.