I am so happy about this letter sounds alphabet game. It turned out to be a very effective way to teach letter sounds while developing counting skills and more. It is one of our favorite alphabet activities!
I decided to make this game board because Evan loves to play board games; especially ones that involve rolling dice – like this fun Roll a Color Alphabet Game and this Rainbow Hop Letter Sounds Game. This game is so effective because it requires children to practice letter sounds over and over again while keeping it fun and playful.
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Evan really had no clue he was committing those letter sounds to memory. He just had a blast playing the game! He also worked on counting at the same time. I love it when I can combine several subjects or skills into one activity!
Update: We’ve now played this many, many times and it is still a favorite! My kids just love it and I use it to review a variety of skills. I am thinking of new ways to use it all the time.
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Alphabet Game Board – Black and white version at end of post
1. Print out the game board.
2. Write a letter in each dot on the page. I chose to focus on the letters A-E because those are the ones we’ve been reviewing over the last 2 weeks. This is totally up to you. If your child is just beginning to learn letter sounds, you may want to only include 2 or 3 letters on the game board. If your child knows most of the letters sounds you could do even more than I did. However, I wouldn’t do too many at once or else your child might not land on each letter enough times to really review or memorize the letter sounds.
I wrote them all in uppercase this time. I plan to play this game with him again tomorrow and we will do all lowercase letters. After that we will do lowercase and uppercase at the same time.
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Playing the Letter Sounds Alphabet Game
1. Both players will put their game piece on the yellow star.
2. The first player will roll the die and then move their game piece that many spaces. When they land on the space then must then identify the letter and say the sound that letter makes. You may have to help your child if they are just learning the letter sounds. I don’t penalize him for not knowing the sound. If you use this with older kids who feel like there should be some penalty for not knowing the letter sound, you could just have them move back one or two spaces each time they don’t know the sound.
3. The next player goes through the same process described in step 2.
4. The first player to get the end of the game board, wins!
The game lasts a perfect amount of time for young kids. Sometimes Evan loses interest before a game is over, but not with this one. I also think it would be an excellent addition to school literacy centers!
Dot sticker game board (black and white) or Rainbow dot game board (color)
Head over to my Alphabet Activities page for even more fun, hands-on letter learning ideas!
Here are some more alphabet games for preschoolers!
Letter and Sounds Game – another version of this game that I shared on The Measured Mom.