Melding learning and good design is what we're all about and few things do that better than the ubiquitous animal alphabet print. We've seen these posters adorning the walls of serene nurseries and vibrant playrooms alike and we don't expect the trend to end anytime soon. Kids love to point out zoo creatures while giving their best lion roar or hyena cackle and what design-savvy parent doesn't appreciate an educational tool in such a pretty package?
Pairing animals and the alphabet lends itself so well to modern design that its moving beyond the basic ABC poster and popping up in a variety of other ways. Below is a sample of what can be found on Etsy alone. We're not generally fans of going overboard with a theme but use enough of these pieces around your home and your kids will be reciting their ABCs in no time.
1 Z is for Zebra, WalkingToJericho's shop on Etsy ($25). One of a series of five 8" x 8" signed fine art photographs. Images of a cow, an elephant, dinosaurs, or Okapi with corresponding letters are also available.
2 Animal Alphabet Lightshade, LadandLass' shop on Etsy ($120). Australian made and designed lampshade that can be shipped to the US and is available top mounted for use as a pendant or bottom mounted for use as a table or floor lamp.
3 ABC Animals Travel Size Pillow, mymimi's shop on Etsy ($28). 17" x 11" x 4" hand-stuffed, 100% cotton pillow.
4 Unique Child's Name with Animals on Parade Print, smilesandsquiggles' shop on Etsy, ($20). 8 1/2" x 11" print with child's name displayed and represented by animal shapes. A variety of color combinations and animal shapes, as well as additional sizing, is available.
5 Animal Tracks ABC Flash Cards, doggiepiggie's shop on Etsy, ($10) Set of 4 1/2" x 5 3/4" alphabet cards featuring a variety of animal tracks.