Fishing Letters | A Letter Recognition Activity For Toddlers And Preschoolers

Fishing Letters | A Letter Recognition Activity For Toddlers And Preschoolers

An early letter recognition activity for preschoolers


Letter recognition activity

Toddlers and preschoolers can learn everything they need to know through playing.


This letter recognition activity is so much fun for kids and is a great way to teach letter recognition.


The Setup

You will need:

  • Magnetic letters
  • Non-magnetic tub or tray
  • String with magnet on the end
  • Sheet of paper
  • Pencil


What to do:

  • Choose the letters you want your child to practice.
  • Draw around the magnetic letters either individually or to spell simple words (depending on your child’s ability).
  • Pop the letters into your non-magnetic tub.
  • Tie magnet on the end of some string to make fishing rod. (We had a fishing rod in a game the boys had from Santa so I use that).
  • Leave it all set-up and wait for your child to find.


How To Play


  • Fish a letter out of the tub using the rod.
  • Sound out each letter when it’s pulled out.
  • Either write/colour in or place the letter in the correct space on the paper.


Questions to ask:

  • “What letter have you caught?”
  • “What sound does it make?”
  • “”Do you know what we call that letter?”
  • “Can you write a “c” like the one you found?”
  • “Is it uppercase or lowercase?”
  • “Why are the letters sticking to the fishing rod?”
  • “Will the magnet stick to anything else? Let’s see…”


Have fun!

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Letter Recognition activity


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