Alphabet Games for Kids

Instructor: Nicky Davis
Knowledge of the alphabet is the gateway to reading and writing, but learning the ABCs doesn't have to be a chore. Read on to find games and activities to help kids learn their letters while having fun!

Alphabet Learning Games

Find games below that introduce students to the sounds, shapes, and functions of different letters of the alphabet!

Letter of the Day

Introduce a Letter of the Day and incorporate words beginning with that letter into the day's lessons. Ask students to share their favorite word that begins with a particular letter sound and compile a list of favorite Letter of the Day words.

I Spy

Play an 'I Spy' game by asking students to identify things around the classroom that begin with a particular letter. Make note of the various sounds a letter can make when used in different words, especially for words beginning with vowels.

Make the Shape

Divide students into groups of three or four and assign each group a letter. Have them use their bodies to make the shape of their letter. Let the class observe each group and guess which letter of the alphabet that group is making.

Alliterative Alphabet Museum

Assign each student a letter of the alphabet. Have them draw the letter in the middle of a large piece of paper and decorate it with pictures of things that begin with that letter. Create an art exhibit in the classroom and do an 'art walk' where students can observe all of the pictures and identify the different things beginning with each letter.

Alphabet Walk About

Take a trip around the neighborhood and have students call out letters they see while walking. You can also identify things in the neighborhood and have students guess with which letter they begin with. When you return to the classroom, make a list of the letters you saw.

Resources for Teaching the Alphabet

With a firm understanding of the alphabet, students can begin spelling, reading, and writing. Though it may seem like a simple string of 26 letters, teaching the alphabet and building up from that foundation can be complicated. Take a look at the resources below for comprehensive video lessons covering teaching strategies for literacy and language acquisition:

  • K-8 Language Development: Explores factors affecting children's language development, the differences between good and struggling readers, the stages of language acquisition and development, and methods for teaching ESL students.
  • K-8 Phonemic Development: Covers literacy instructional strategies, the role of phonological awareness in literacy development, techniques to develop phonemic awareness, and methods for promoting letter recognition and formation.
  • Appropriate Literacy Intervention: Discusses the alphabetic principle, sound-symbol association, the role of decoding skills in literacy, and strategies for developing students' reading comprehension skills.
  • Effective Literacy Instruction: Outlines characteristics of various learning styles, strategies for keeping students engaged, tips for promoting literacy in the classroom, and various instructional techniques.

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