I can’t remember where I learned this little life hack, it’s something parents tell each other.

Nice and simple. When brushing your young child’s teeth, morning or night, sing them the alphabet song.

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y and Z.

Now I know my ABCs, next time won’t you brush your teeth

It’s familiar to them and lasts just long enough to do a decent job of cleaning their teeth. Some kids don’t enjoy brushing their teeth, it can be uncomfortable. The song is a distraction. Just gets tricky when they want to sing or dance along, as my son does.

Really helps to grow the alphabet into their mind, and once the song is mastered you can move to flip cards to teach them the letters.

We’ve got this Dr. Seuss set. It’s a similar vibe to playing with LEGO, sitting on the floor and giving them full attention. Their sense of accomplishment rapidly grows as they start to get it. Encourage them to trace over letters with their finger and draw the shapes in the air.