Alphabet games are my frequent go-to literacy activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Buying a set of magnetic letters and a magnetic easel were two of the best purchases I made for my budding readers.
Guess what! My almost 3-year-old came up with this letter game. We call it “Runaway Letter”. I love that we practiced 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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