Alphabet Order Game

May 16, 2012


This is a super easy and quick game to set up that includes singing and will challenge your child's memory and help them with their letter recognition.

Your child should be able and ready to play this game if they know how to sing the alphabet and appear to have an interest in letters. To challenge further or play the game in a different way, see the Handy Tips at the bottom.

To play this game you will need a set of alphabet cards or books. You print off a set here for free if you don't have any or you could do a quick google search for ones that appeal to you (there are tons available) or simply make your own in Microsoft Word or other publishing progams.


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So proud!


- Place all the cards/books in a big pile. Let your child rummage through them and give them a good mix up

- Sing the alphabet song with your child and then ask them what the first letter of the alphabet is (Repeat the song if needed until your child figures out that Aa is the first letter)

- Let your child find the letter Aa. If they are struggling, try giving them hints until they find it (eg. The capital A has a pointy top. etc or use colour hints if appropriate or Show them the letter Aa in a book or some other form of print as an example and have them find the match)

- Once they've found the Aa and put it aside, ask them what the next letter of the alphabet is and repeat the singing and hints etc until they have found it and put it beside the Aa.

- Repeat until your child has correctly identified and put in a line the entire alphabet. Well done!



Handy Hints

- To simplify this activity, have your child identify which is the next letter that needs to be found by singing the alphabet (and pointing along) and then help them find it (maybe make it a race?). Show them the letter then put it in the line and sing the alphabet again while pointing to the line and have them tell you which is the next letter to be found. Remember to make it fun!

- To extend this activity, try including letter sounds and words as well. What is the first letter of the alphabet? What sound does it make? Can you think of a word that begins with that sound? etc.

- As your child sings the alphabet, have them point to each of the corresponding letters they've already found to help reinforce the connection between the letter name and the symbol.

- Mix it up. Try playing the same game but this time call it, "Find the missing letter." Take one of the letters out and have your child try to identify the missing letter by using the same singing and finding technique.

- If your child loses interest half way through, don't push it. Just leave it and pick it up from the letter you were up to another time when they are interested again. Pushing and forcing learning at this early age level won't help your child develop a positive association with letters and learning. If anything, it could have the opposite effect. Remember to make learning FUN.


Debs :)

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12 comments:

  1. This gives lots of great practice learning the alphabet. Thanks for sharing! Vicky from www.messforless.net

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    1. Thanks Vicky. Just a super simple one. Anything quick and easy to set up is more likely to be done than something complicated :D

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  2. i love the sensory aspect of this! especially on that rug. looks like she had fun too!

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    1. haha, thanks Andie. We have 3 large shaggy rugs at our house. All different colours and textures. Hubby and I loved the textures and how they felt even before we had kids but now they love them too :)

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  3. Wow, your little one must be awesome at her letters. I find that I need to limit the amount of letters to 3-5 for my toddler to make the task more manageable.

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    1. She is very fond of letters, Amanda. She lost interest about half way through so we left it and then later she decided she wanted to finish it. I think you should only go as far as what your child is comfortable and interested in.
      This is an ordering game and while you're doing it they are also making a basic connection between the words (letters) in the alphabet song and the cards or books that you're playing with. It's good for a bit of a challenge to get them all in the same order as the song so you can point to the entire line as you sing. I never push it though and I think that's key. You're the best judge to know when they're interested. Thanks so much for your comment. It's great to be able to discuss different children and varying abilities/interests. :)

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  4. Hey Debs, just letting you know that I am passing on the Liebster Blog Award to you!

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    1. How very kind! I'll have to check it out. Thanks Amie :D

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  5. Great idea - we just did similar with our letter matching game at Creative Playhouse. Those cards are so handy!

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  6. Great fun - will have to make some letter cards as J's really getting into letters and loves telling me what each letter sound is for

    Thank you for linking to Tuesday Tots this week

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  7. Hi have you still got this link for this ... my little one is just doing 100 days of learning ABC and would find this very helpfull x

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  8. Cant wait to start teach my daughter.. this activity very helpful to make her fun..

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