This quick and easy alphabet activity is great for all toddlers and preschoolers who love ball pit balls and tunnels. Aiden is one of them.

If your toddler is pretty active like mine and you kind of struggle to put them sit down on a table to learn the alphabet, give it a try!

Letter Balls & Tunnels - Fun and Easy Alphabet Activity

Quick, easy, low-prep and super fun this alphabet learning activity can be done indoors and outdoors. It’s a great preschool activity that can be repeated daily. And since it includes balls and tunnels, you can be sure that it will keep your little one busy for a very long time.

Let’s make learning so much fun, so that our toddlers can take pleasure from learning! Brain research tells us, that joy and comfort are the best companions of learning and stimulate the long-term memory storage.

So you can also use this activity to teach simple words, lowercase and capital letters.

Materials Alphabet Activity

  • 26 Ball Pit Balls in different colours
  • Permanent Marker
  • Polyethylene Pipe Insulation as a Tunnel Solution (you can use also pool noodles with marbles with elder children).
  • Two Baskets


Write the alphabet letters together with your toddler on the ball pit balls. We wrote for example on the one side the capital letters and on the opposite site the lowercase letters.

Put all alphabet balls in one basket.

Set a tunnel run outdoors in the backyard or indoors on furniture for example.

The tunnel should end in the second basket.

Ask your toddler to sing the alphabet song for a start for example. Then search for the letters in the basket and put them one by one in the tunnel.

Sing the alphabet song slowly, letter by letter. Repeat the sound that the letters make and give examples with words. Make one slow round and one fast one. And then repeat again. If your little one wants to sing by themselves, let them do it. Even if they don’t always do the alphabet in the correct order, the most important thing is to associate the letter with the sound. That’s what we aim for.

Once your little one master the alphabet, you can teach them simple words with words in a basket – for example HUG, BUG, MUG.

Looking for more learning activities? Check out these!