ABC Games - Letter Recognition Games

ABC Games is based on the following hypothesis: In order for children to be able to recognize letters, they need to be exposed to them. Just like a child learns to talk because they hear the oral language from birth, children learn to read by seeing the written language.

Here are five simple ways to help you child begin tp recognize the ABCs:

  • 1. All about ME - Begin with the first letter of your child's name. My son's is E.
  • 2. Letter Spotting - Point out the letter E everywhere you can find it. On street signs, cereal boxes, books, and newspapers.
  • 3. Letter sound - What sound does the letter E make? Point out anytime you realized you said a word that begins with that letter.
  • 4. Shape awareness - How does it look? Does it have straight lines? round lines? How many lines?
  • 5. Letter transfer - Point outany other words that begin with that letter.
  • Once your child can recognize the first letter in their name, move to another letter in their name. Continue exploring letters in the names of other family members while playing ABC games.

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    Take the T.I.M.E.

    Letter of the week

    Introduce new letters based on meaningful events that are occurring in your life that week.
    e.g B - Birthday, C- Christmas, H - Halloween, and so on.
    Follow the five steps above with each letter.
    You can take this activity a step further by creating a Letter Scapbook. I would only make this scrapbook with children that enjoy coloring, cutting, and gluing. Other children will find this labour intensive and not enjoyable.

  • * Take an empty note book with at least 26 pages (one for each letter).
  • * Mark the top of each page with each letter of the alphabet.
  • * After completing the initial five steps mentioned above, give your child the notebook and let them draw pictures and cut out images of objects that begin with that letter, and so on.
  • * The book give you the flexibility to review the letters with your child. It is also a great treasure for years to come.
  • Here are some more fun ABC Games:

    Beginning Sounds

    This is an easy game that can be played anytime and anywhere. There are many variations to this game and here are a few:

  • 1. Choose a letter and try to brainstorm with your child words that begin with that letter. For example: M says mmmm - Macaroni, Monster, Milk, etc. Put emphasis on the beginning sound.
  • 2. Find words that begin with the same letter as your child's name. Expand to other family members' names.
  • 3. Begin the following game by saying: "I am going on a trip and I am taking with me a brush, a book, and a bear. Would you like to come with me?" If the child replies: "I am bringing a boat" (Or any word that begins with B), then they can join the trip. If the child replies: "I am bringing a car," then they can not join the trip.
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    Go on a letter hunt at home, while you are in traffic, while reading a book, wherever. Take it a step further and cut out the letters that you find. When Eytan first learned the letter E (for his name of course!), he spotted it everywhere. I took his excitement and enthusiasm to learn to the next step by sitting with him and cutting out the letter E from the newspaper. He was working on letter recognition and fine motor skills (which he needed), and he didn't even see it at work! It was all play and fun for him.

    Sorts of Fonts!

    Collect the letters in different fonts, from either magazines or simply print them out from your computer. Play a sorting game with your child. Teach them that each letter comes in a variety of fonts. This game is great for children who are picture smart!

    abc games, letter recognition games, reading comprehension skills, preschool reading, early childhood reading The Missing Letter

    Sing the ABC song and keeping with the tune 'forget' to say one letter. Ask your child which letter was missing? This is great for musical children!

    Letter Match Up

    Originally I bought a wall banner from the Dollar Store for the letter that I was going to hang on his wall, but then I thought it would be more fun for Eytan to match them up himself. At first he matched letters to one another, then he would match the letters to the right pictures.

    Mixed up ABC game

    Place cards or wooden blocks of the alphbet back in the right order. Using the blocks is a great way to encourage the kinesthetic learner. How about making a tower?

    abc games, letter recognition games, reading comprehension skills, preschool reading, early childhood reading Tape away!

    Use masking tape in a variety of ways: shape the letter on the floor and have your child walk on it, or tape the shape of the letter on a placemat and have your child shape the letter with playdough or plastesine over it.

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