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Early Learning Activity: Plucking Alphabet Carrots

This exciting, yet simple early learning activity is geared towards making toddlers and preschoolers learn alphabets and numbers, improve their motor skills (particularly hand-eye coordination) as well as enhance their sensory development (as they get to  see, feel, touch and smell the contents of this activity).

This activity is appropriate for children between the ages of 2 – 4 years.

List Of Things Needed For The Activity

  • Orange colored swimming noodle
  • Green ribbons
  • Knife
  • Black marker
  • Piece of wire, or puncher to make holes

Note: Please make sure your child is not in the vicinity when you are using sharp objects for this activity.

Activity Preparation

  • With the help of the knife, the noodle should be cut into 26 circles (approx. half an inch each).

  • The wire needs to be twisted into a ‘U’  and a green ribbon (cut into a size of approx. 5”) should be placed in between the bend of the wire. The two ends of the wire should then be passed through the round carrot and pulled out of the other end, along with the ribbon. This ribbon should then be tied up.

  •  Once all the carrots have green ‘leaves’ on their heads, the alphabets can be written on them with a marker (one alphabet on each carrot).

  • The Alphabet Carrots should then be planted in the pots


  • Then comes the best part of the activity – getting your child to pluck these alphabet carrots. The expression on your child’s face when they find harvest ready carrots in the garden is priceless!

Depending on the age of the child, while your child is plucking these carrots, you can ask them the following questions:

  • What is the name of the vegetable?
  • What color is the vegetable?
  • Which letter did you pick?
  • Which animal or thing starts with that letter?
  • How many letters did you pluck altogether?
This colorful activity engages toddlers who, for the most part, have short attention spans. Additionally, plucking and counting the orange colored carrots not only teaches kids colors, alphabets and numbers,but since the carrots have alphabets placed in random order, it helps impress the letters onto the memory of the toddler. Try this simple, yet fun, learning activity with your child and let us know how it goes.

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Contributed by Sakshi N Ashokan

Sakshi is an avid blogger and a mother of a cute, curious and creative 2-year old daughter. She took a sabbatical from a successful online advertising career to dedicate all her time to motherhood. She writes about early learning experiences for toddlers and preschoolers, combining her expertise in social media and her thirst for providing the best for her daughter. She runs an online community - Daddy Mommy and Me - devoted to teaching other parents about crafts, activities, events and promotions for their little ones.

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