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Fun Alphabet Games & Activites to Reinforce Learning and Memorization

ALPHABET PICTURES
Cut pictures from magazines or draw pictures. Glue letter-shaped macaroni under the
pictures to make words that correspond to the pictures.

Letter Detective
Goal: To help your child learn to recognize upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
What You Will Need:
-Pencil or crayon
Let’’s Go!
1. Read each letter.
2. Draw a circle around each lowercase letter.
(We Have workpages to go along with this game under indiviual letters.)
Xx_Circle_Letter.pdf
Let’s Go On!
3. Give your child a newspaper or a magazine. Find one sentence. Ask your child
to circle one lowercase letter in each word in that sentence.
M c R V F O P m
A m X D g L H I
T E W I J B S z
MCF-ELA 1:4--HA / IL

TACTILE LETTERS
Cut all the letters from cardboard. Let kids work together to paint glue on the letters and
then sprinkle them with rice, cornmeal and dried beans. When the glue is dry, shake off the
excess and hang the letters on the wall. Encourage the kids to feel the letters and trace
them with their fingers.

BEADED NAMES
kids to dip the beads in glue and place them on the lines of each letter of their name. When
glue is dry, let them trace their names with their fingers.

ALPHABET RUBBINGS
Materials: Large piece of cardboard, 2 clothespins, newsprint or other thin paper, tag board
letters, crayon pieces with paper removed
1. Clip the newsprint to the cardboard with the clothespins.
2. Have children lift paper, insert several letters and return the cover sheet.
3. Use the crayons on their sides to rub across paper
4. The letters appear on the top sheet.

GAMES
BODY ALPHABET
See which letter the children can form with their bodies.

ALPHABET FREEZE
Place one of each of the twenty-six letters of the alphabet on index cards. Put the cards
randomly around the area of the carpet you have space to move around. Play a song
and have the children move around the letters. When the music stops, the children
must quickly find a letter to stand on. Ask each child what letter they are standing on,
words that begin with that letter, names of friends in class that begin with that letter, etc.


MIX-UP
Draw a circle, a square and a triangle on chalkboard. Write 2 letters in each. Ask children
a variety of questions... like What shape has the letter "T" in it? Where is the "M"? This
will help them recognize letters.

WHAT'S ON MY BACK
Use your finger to draw one letter on a child's back. See if he can guess the name of the
letter. Encourage them to draw letters on each other's back. With older children, draw
words on their backs.

ALPHABET FREEZE
Place one of each of the twenty-six letters of the alphabet on index. Put the cards
randomly around the area of the carpet. Play a song and have the children move
around the letters. When the music stops, the children must quickly find a letter to stand
on. Ask each child what letter they are standing on, words that begin with that letter,
names of friends in class that begin with that letter, etc.

I KNOW THE ALPHABET SHIRT
Have each parent send in an old white t-shirt for their child to use during the year. The
T-Shirt needs to be one or two sizes larger than what the child currently wears. Place a
heavy piece of cardboard between the front and back of the T-shirt. On the front of
each child's t-shirt, write (with permanent markers) "I know the alphabet." After the child
has mastered a letter, have him/her write the letter on his shirt with a permanent
marker. When the whole alphabet is learned, the child can sign his/her name on the
shirt and wear it home

ALPHIE THE ALPHABET WORM
Take different colored construction paper, trace a plate on 27 sheets the cut them out.
Take a big black marker and write the letters of the alphabet on the 26 circles, then with
the 27th circle make Alphie's face. Take a paper hole puncher and punch holes on
each end where you want to fasten them together. Then start with Alphie's face and
attach the letter A and so on with yarn or brads. Hang in your room for all to see.

ALPHABET SOUP
Label a supply of Ping-Pong balls with one letter each. Put all of the balls in a large pot.
Place the pot, a soup bowl, and a large ladle or scoop where children can explore Have
child scoop a ladleful of soup (Ping-Pong balls) into the bowl and then name the letter
on each of the balls. Vary the activity by having a child alphabetize the letters he has
chosen or name something that begins with each letter's sound.

ALPHABET SOUP II
1. Using capital letters, print the name of each child on the outside of an envelope.
2. Cut small circles out of construction paper.
3. Print one letter of the child's name inside each circle.
4. Place the circles with the letters for each child's name inside the envelopes with
their names on them.
5. Cut the remaining construction paper into the shape of spoons or bowls.
6. Gather children and give them envelop with their name on it. Have them open the
envelope and say the letters.
7. Give each child a cutout of a bowl or spoon and let the paste the letters of their
name in the correct order.

ALPHABET BOOK
Option 1: Have students each choose a letter of the alphabet to decorate. Then
combine the pages to create one class book.
Option 2: Have students add one picture to each letter of the alphabet. The pictures
must begin the correct letter sound. Write the word below their pictures.

NAME SCRAMBLE
Have children use letter cards to spell their name. Then have the children scramble up
the letters and reform their names.

ALPHABET CORNER
In an area of your room set up an alphabet corner. Stock it with plastic letters for word
building, alphabet blocks, alphabet puzzles, alphabet stamps, alphabet books, tape
recorder and alphabet song cassette, alphabet flash cards, blackboards or dry-erase
boards, chalk, markers, pencils, crayons, clay, glue, scissors and stencils.

ALPHABET CATERPILLAR
Write each letter of the alphabet on a pre-cut circle. Mix up the circles on a table. Have
children create a caterpillar by placing the caterpillar's body parts in alphabetical order.
Place wiggle eyes and antennae on the caterpillar's face.

ALPHABET FLASHLIGHT
This is a great naptime alphabet review activity. With your room darkened, use a
flashlight to "write" a letter on the ceiling for child to identify. Then give child a turn to
use the flashlight.


PIPE CLEANER LETTER FUN
Use pipe cleaners and alphabet letter cards. (capital and lowercase) Have child pick an
alphabet card out of the pile. Ask child to form the letter out of pipe cleaners. Pipe
cleaners can be reused.

SANDBOX WRITING
Partially fill a shoebox with sand. Provide child with different types of writing utensils
choose a writing utensil and write a letter in the sand. It is fun to erase the sand letters.
This sandbox stores easily. Just put the lid back on and put it away.

ALPHABET COLLAGE
Have children create letter collages by finding, cutting out, and gluing oversize letters
from magazines ads and packaging materials on a piece of construction paper.

NAME PUZZLES
Have child print his or her first name on an envelope and on a blank word card in large,
well-spaced letters. Children cut their name cards into separate letters and store the
letters in the envelope. Children can count the letters in their name, and play games
with a partner. For example, they can put all the letters from both names face down and
mix them up. Partners take turns choosing a letter. If the letter is in their name, they
keep the letter; otherwise, they give it to their partner for his or her name.

FANCY LETTERS
Have children write a few large letters of the alphabet on a sheet of drawing paper.
Then have them use paints, markers, and different collage materials to form the letters
in as many ways as possible.

LETTERS, LETTERS
Display an alphabet chart near child's work area. Demonstrate how to roll a lump of clay
between the palms to form a long, narrow "rope." Have child look at the alphabet chart
and then form ropes into capital and lowercase letters.

SHAKE THE ALPHABET JAR
Write capital letters A through Z and lowercase letters a - z on separate pieces of
masking tape. Tape a capital letter on one side of a button and the corresponding
lowercase letter on the other side. Drop the letters in a plastic jar that has a lid. Have
your child shake the jar, remove the lid, and take a button out. Have child identify the
letter on both sides of the button, saying the word capital or lowercase.

ALPHABET TOSS
Tape several plastic or paper cups to the floor, close together. Inside each cup, write a
letter of the alphabet. To play, have child toss a button or a counter into one of the
cups. Child then reads the letter and says a word that begins with the sound the letter
stands for.

SHAKE IT UP
Write alphabet letters on pieces of masking tape. Place one piece of tape inside the
bottom of each cup in an egg carton. Have child put a button or counter in the egg
carton, close the lid, then shake. Next, have child open the lid and look to see where
the button landed. Have child name the letter, say the sound that the letter stands for,
and name a word that begins with that letter.

Hopscotch A Word
Goal: To help your child identify letters and sounds, and blend them together
What You Will Need:
-Sidewalk chalk
- Sidewalk or driveway
- Active children willing to hop (Great exercise too!)
Let’’s Go!
1. Create three boxes with sidewalk chalk (large enough for your child’’s feet to fit in).
2. Put a consonant letter in the first box, a vowel in the second box and a consonant in
the third box. Example: h o p
3. Have your child jump from one box to the next. Make sure s/he looks at the
letter right side up. Have your child say the letter sound when
s/he jumps on it. Continue jumping and giving the letter sound for the rest of
the letters.
4. Jump again, blending the letters together faster and faster (meaning the child
has to jump quicker and quicker). Finally blend the word together and say the
word.
Note: If it’’s too wet to go outside, try making large letter cards you can lay on the 
floor.

Magnetic Word
Goal: To help your child build vocabulary and read more fluently
What You Will Need:
- Magnetic letters
- List of words (or words on index cards)
- Cookie sheet or stove-burner cover
Let’’s Go!
1. Show your child a word.
2. Let your child create the word on the cookie sheet with magnetic letters.
3. Read the word together.
4. Now do another one!
Let’’s Go On!
5. Read a word to your child and have her/him create it from memory using
magnetic letters.
6. Create a word yourself and help a child read it, putting together beginning,
middle and ending sounds.

**Sort, match, group, make patterns, find the letters s/he knows, match upper-case and lower-case,
make words s/he knows or sees along the road.

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