The ABCs of Learning Toys and Manipulatives: K-O

This post contains affiliate links.  To see more about this, please read my full disclosure policy.  Thanks!The ABCs of Learning Toys and Manipulatives: Day 3~ K-O | This Reading MamaWelcome to This Reading Mama!  I’m on Day 3 of a 5 Day Series entitled The ABCs of Learning Toys and Manipulatives.  The idea is to list toys and manipulatives that can be used when teaching each letter of the alphabet.  If you’re new today, please click on the image above or here to see the letters A through J.  You can also see all the topics covered here, as there are 60+ bloggers going through their ABCs as well!


Words highlighted in blue are actual links and will take you to a product page or a post where you can see the item being used in action.


K is for…


photo of playing the keyboard

  • KEYBOARD– If you don’t have room for a full piano, get a small keyboard.  My three oldest LOVE to play with our keyboard when I rotate it out.
  • KEYSwe have this really neat key set from Lakeshore Learning, but we also have sets of keys that I made from old keys that the kids, especially MBug likes to play with

 photo of homemade wooden kitchen set

  • KITCHEN SET & KITCHEN ACCESSORIESI am very blessed to have a hubby who is VERY handy.  He built our kiddos this kitchen set last year.  MBug (currently 2.5 years) plays with it almost every day in some way.  If you don’t have a hubby who can do this, I would definitely go with a wooden one.  It will last so much longer!
  • KITCHEN UTENSILS– tongs, scoops, medicine droppers, cups, ladles, etc.  There are all sorts of fine motor things you can do with these…and they’re already in your kitchen!


L is for…

  • LACINGcards or these neat, little animals are great for hand-eye coordination and fine motor
  • LAPTOP– We have two pretend laptops that are a hit with all the kids when I pull it out! 
  • LEGOS– A BIG hit at our house and a great way to sneak in some fine motor work!  I just found these awesome Lay-N-Gos.  What a cool idea.  I may just have to invest in one as we have TONS of LEGOS!
  • LETTERS– anything with letters: puzzles, foam letters, books… you name it!
  • LIDS– save those bottle lids; any and every size or color for some sensory play and math concepts

photo of building with Lincoln Logs

  • LINCOLN LOGS– need I say more?
  • LITTLE PEOPLE– we have quite a few of these sets and while my boys didn’t play with the Little People, MBug sure does.  She’d rather play with just the people!


M is for…

  • MAGAZINES– cut out pictures, use for sorting, talking about feelings, find letters  or words, such an open-ended activity…and use old copies that you were going to recycle

photo of Magnetic Construction Set

photo of HearthSong Wooden Marble Runaround


N is for…

O is for…

  • OATMEAL great for sensory play or spread out into a cookie tray and use for “writing” letters or numbers with fingers
  • OIL
  • OVEN cook something together or use the pretend oven in the kitchen set


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