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Friday, April 16, 2010

Preschool Corner ~ Alphabet Games

This week I thought it might be fun to share a few games that we play to help with alphabet recognition and phonemic awareness. There are a TON of different activities you can do ~ and if you have a fun one that YOU do at home, leave a comment and share your ideas! I’d love to hear them!

Ready for some fun?

What ABC Do You See? Start this game by saying “What ABC do you see? I see something that begins with B.” Let your child solve the riddle by looking around the house and naming the things that s/he sees…a ball, a bear, a book. If s/he doesn’t notice something right away, give some more clues ~ colors, shapes, etc…

I Spy Pictures ~ Grab a basket and go on a hunt through your house for anything you can find that begins with a certain letter of the alphabet. We did this with quite a bit of the alphabet and slacked off a little ~ need to pick this back up and share more pictures with you all!

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Letters All Around ~ Do you notice letters in everyday objects? Take a walk and look around your neighborhood for different letters of the alphabet. A tire is the letter O. A tree can look like the letter Y. The top of the telephone poles make the letter T.

Noodle Letters ~ Take a 24” length of yarn and have your child string uncooked noodles onto it {I like ziti the best}. Tie a knot at each end. Lay the noodle string onto the table and have fun forming letters with the string!

Flour Tracing ~ Spread a thin layer of flour {or something like rice} onto a cookie sheet, making sure surface is covered well with flour. Use your index finger to make a capital and lowercase letter in the flour. Some other great options that are similar ~ put pudding, paint or shaving cream in a baggie, seal it up and have fun tracing with your finger!

Water Painting  ~ When the weather is nice, take a container of water and some paintbrushes outside and ‘paint’ the letters of the alphabet onto the pavement together. How long will it take for the letters to disappear? Can you name the letters again before they are gone?

Letter of the Day ~ Take a month and pick one activity to do every day that starts with the letter of that day. If the letter of the day is M, think of all the things you can do: You can make muffins or monkey bread, drink milk, count money, play marbles…you get the idea!

Don’t Forget!! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the giveaways that are listed with the Curriculum Clean-Out! There are some great resources up for grabs!

Favorite ABC books

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13 Comments:

  • Such great ideas. I remember that Alphabet Mystery book from when my 9yo was smaller. He LOVED that book. Such a nice memory:)

    By Blogger kcmom2four, At April 16, 2010 at 9:52 AM  

  • Lots of great ideas! Love the I Spy game. Thanks for hosting! =)

    By Blogger Michelle, At April 16, 2010 at 10:16 AM  

  • Great ideas! We love playing I spy, and letter find.

    By Blogger Debbie, At April 16, 2010 at 11:35 AM  

  • Love your ideas :) We will have to play I Spy.

    By Blogger sbswtp, At April 16, 2010 at 12:54 PM  

  • Great alphabet ideas - I especially liked looking for letter shapes in everyday things.

    By Blogger Raising a Happy Child, At April 16, 2010 at 4:32 PM  

  • I just saw the coolest new product at the store: alphabet fruit snacks, just think what you could do with them. We were having fun with the number ones today.
    And obviously alphabits cereal or alphabet soup do the same thing.

    By Blogger Ticia, At April 16, 2010 at 11:48 PM  

  • Something we do, which I learned while working at the Montessori, is:
    I will say "I hear 'mmm' when I say ... mommy...monkey...etc" and I will pause to let the girls come up with their own. Tabitha has gotten really good at this. I just do this randomly throughout the day with any of the letters/sounds we have worked on. I also just returned a book to the library by Wiley Blevins called "Phonemic Awareness Activities For Early Reading Success"

    By Blogger kewkew, At April 17, 2010 at 12:49 PM  

  • We play spray the letter. I (or the kids) draw all the letters on the driveway with chalk not in any particular order and then I call out "Spray the letter that the word 'bear' starts with". The kids have little spray bottles filled with water and they squirt the correct letter. You can also have them spray the letters to spell a certain word or do this for number recognition as well. I think I may have seen something like this at No Time For Flashcards.

    By Blogger Terri, At April 17, 2010 at 8:40 PM  

  • These are all such great ideas. We use a sand tray to trace letters, but I'm thinking flour on a pan in the kitchen would be a lot less messy!

    By Blogger Nicole {tired, need sleep}, At April 18, 2010 at 3:15 PM  

  • GREAT list of games!

    By Blogger BranFlakes, At April 18, 2010 at 8:14 PM  

  • Love your ideas :) We will have to play I Spy.

    By Anonymous sbswtp, At December 15, 2010 at 1:04 PM  

  • Lots of great ideas! Love the I Spy game. Thanks for hosting! =)

    By Anonymous Michelle, At December 15, 2010 at 1:04 PM  

  • I just saw the coolest new product at the store: alphabet fruit snacks, just think what you could do with them. We were having fun with the number ones today.
    And obviously alphabits cereal or alphabet soup do the same thing.

    By Anonymous Ticia, At December 15, 2010 at 1:04 PM  

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