Alphabet games have been frequent go to literacy activities in our house for a while now. We recently bought a set of magnetic letters and a magnetic easel which have provided oodles of game opportunities. My almost 3 year-old came up with this letter game. We call it “Runaway Letter”. I love that we are practicing letter and sound recognition while incorporating kinesthetic learning. This is a great activity for children who are learning to identify letters and/or letter sounds.
First, we placed all the letters in abc order on the board. This always provides great opportunities to notice differences between letters especially easily confused letters like b, d and p.
Next, I began to sing the alphabet. My son removed a letter while I was singing and ran away with it. I stopped singing and said, “Hey, there’s a letter missing. Which one is missing?” While my son was running around with the letter he would call out the letter that had been removed. I then said, “Come back letter ___.” Then, I named an action that started with the beginning sound of the letter he was holding as he brought it back to the board. For example for the letter f, I would say, “Letter f, please fly back to the alphabet. /f/ /f/ /f/.” I encouraged my son to say the sound as he was bringing the letter back to the board.
Play continues until interest fades. My son usually asks to play a few times a day and we’ve been playing the game for a few weeks now.
We have more letter recognition games to share in the next few weeks. In the meantime, check out our other reading activities for more ideas!
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