We are working our way toward M's being able to recognize and name all of the letters- not so much because I think it's "time," but more because she enjoys it. She gets a kick out of going different places and being able to point out letters that she knows on signs, keyboards, etc.
Today we tried a new activity to help her learn the alphabet. I filled a big bowl full of rice and gathered up some small foam letters I had bought at Walmart. One at a time, I placed a letter in the bowl on top of the rice and asked her to name it. Some of them she knew, and others, not. Then I buried the letter in the rice and said "The "m" (or whatever) is hiding. Can you find the "m?" She would then dig away until she caught sight of it, picked it up and we cheered.Once she had the hang of that, she was ready to search for a few letters at a time. I buried three and asked her to find them one at a time. Very fun! I might also try it with colors, shapes, and plastic animals.