Alphabet Games: Runaway Letter

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.

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First, we placed all the letters (here are our favorite magnetic letters) in alphabetical 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.

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About Jodie Rodriguez

Jodie Rodriguez is a mom of two young boys and an early childhood/elementary educator with over 18 years of experience. Jodie's passion is helping parents, teachers, librarians and anyone else interested in nurturing our youngest readers.


  1. Love when you can make a game out of learning!

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  2. What a great activity. Sounds like fun for all of you!

  3. This game sounds like a lot of fun! I am going to try it! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing at HSAS!

  4. What a fun game you invented! Love it! Pinning and tweeting!

  5. Making learning fun is so important. I am about to do a talk on language development at a preschool committee AGM and I am incorporating fun phonics games into my talk so I will add your idea. I found you on the Monday parenting pinit party. Please have a look at my latest post on whether attachment parenting is too extreme

  6. I love how fun you made it–I really think all learning for young children should be a blast!! I pinned this in my (CarlaINHouston) Early Childhood Literacy board–thanks so much for sharing!

  7. This is a very fun and different way to learn and reinforce the alphabet 🙂 Thank you for sharing and for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop.

  8. Great activity. I love how much fun you all had playing this great game. I like to trick my kids into learning too.

  9. Such a fun idea! I can’t wait to play it with my older son. Pinning!!

  10. Love this idea for my preschooler! Thanks so much for sharing at After School.

  11. Great idea…sound like fun…going ot try this in my classroom… could be crazy, but that’s what K is all about!! Thanks! Amy 🙂

  12. How fun ! Such a great way to make learning the alphabet fun and exciting. Thanks for sharing.

  13. So cute! Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library! I will be featuring you this week!