There are plenty of philosophies about how best to teach reading preparation, but what's not up for debate is that letter familiarity is essential. Playing with letters from an early age often helps foster this awareness. That's why we love this beautiful printable alphabet from Digitprop.
While these paper letters won't be the most durable toys on the block, if you use cardstock you could make them playable. Each letter represents an animal, person or thing whose name starts with that letter (think "astronaut" for A or "rainbow" for R). Or, print out your child's name and use them as unique decor.
See more and download all the templates for free at Digitprop.