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Fun Things to Do With the Alphabet

Activities & Crafts
Songs, Finger Plays, Nursery Rhymes


Activities & Crafts:

Make a Display Box for each Letter
Decorate a box with the letter of choice.  Inside the box place items (or pictures of items) whose names begin with that letter.

Gathering Letters
Provide a box, bag, bucket or basket for the children.  Explain that you are sad because the container is empty!  Ask them to gather items or pictures of items that begin with the letter of choice.

Alphabet Album
Create an album, or a simple album page and fill it with things related to the letter of choice.

Shopping for Letters
While grocery shopping together, help your child shop for a chosen letter! Encourage your child to point out all the products and signs in the store that have that letter in them.

Alphabet Soup Name Bracelet
It's fun to make name bracelets out of alphabet egg noodles. Spell out your name with some uncooked noodles. Then cut out a small narrow strip of thin cardboard, just big enough to fit your name on. Paste the letters of your name on this strip. When the paste is dry, paint the whole bracelet with poster paint. Carefully poke a hole at each end of the bracelet and pass a small string through both ends. Just slip the name bracelet on your wrist and tie the two ends together.

Make Bingo cards with upper or lower case letters.  Match upper case to lower case, etc. - First child to cover the card calls "BINGO!"

Identifying Letters Game - This idea submitted by Sarah - thank you :)
To teach the kids there letters better,   I write all of the letters all over a big piece of construction paper - out of order.  I tack the paper to the wall and have them close there eyes and point to a letter.  When they open their eyes they have to tell me what letter they chose; what sound it makes; and a word that begins with that sound.

Songs, Finger Plays, Nursery Rhymes:

   (Sung to the tune of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star")
A B C D E F G,
H I J K L M N O P,
Q R S and T U V,
W and X Y Z,
Now I've learned my A B C's,
Next time won't you sing with me.

There was a farmer who had a dog
And Bingo was his name-o
B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O,
and Bingo was his name-o.

Sing out the letters B-I-N-G-O on the first verse, clap once for B on the second verse, twice for B-I on the third verse, and so on, substituting claps for letters until you clap out Bingo's whole name, keeping the rhythm of the song as you go.  You can also use a glove puppet with big red letters on each finger and a little puppy puppet stuck in the center.  Or use letters and a little dog on the felt board.

Be My Echo
     (to the tune of "Are You Sleeping?")

Be my echo (teacher)
Be my echo (students)
E says /e/ (teacher)
E says /e/ (students)
Elephant and enter (teacher)
" " " (students)
Eggs and elevator (teacher)
" " " (students)
/e/, /e/, /e/ (teacher)
/e/, /e/, /e/ (students)

(Can be used for any letter of the alphabet.)

Letters & Rhymes
     (this makes a great felt story or booklet)

I saw a little mouse
Who found a place to hide
Beneath a letter K
Turned over on its side.

I saw a hungry fish
With a mouth shaped like a C.
It was about to catch
A swimming letter D.

I saw a snake whose shape
Was like S's end to end.
It was wearing a big smile,
So I guess it was a friend.

I saw a funny owl
With letter O's for eyes.
Its beak was like a V,
And it really looked quite wise.

I saw a little kitten
With a tail shaped like a C.
It was having fun
Sitting on a T.

I saw a little man
Whose hair was quite a mess.
And every hair he had
Looked like the letter S.

I saw two D's turned over
To form two turtle shells.
The turtles both were walking
On legs like letter L's.

I saw a funny face
With a big L for a nose.
The mouth looked like a U,
And the eyes were made of O's.

I saw an alligator
With looks so fierce they'd trouble you.
It had short legs and little eyes
And teeth like M and W.

I saw a two humped camel
With a big M for a back.
It was walking near
A little railroad track.

I saw a lady in a hat
Like a U turned upside down.
The hat was very tight,
And it made the lady frown.

I saw an elephant
Standing on same hay.
Its ear looked like a C,
And its trunk, a backwards J.

I saw a spotted bug
With a body made of O's.
It had long, skinny legs,
And feet with many toes.

I saw a happy clown
With a big A for a hat.
It had a funny collar,
And a nose that was quite fat.

I saw a pretty flower
With petals made of V's
It had a crooked stem
And leaves like C's and D's.

I saw a little chair
Made from the letter L.
It had letter I's for legs,
And was really made quite well.


Pretzel Dough Letters

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 envelope of yeast
4 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
Mix all ingredients.  Give each of the children enough dough to shape into the first letter of their name.  Brush dough letters with beaten egg and sprinkle with coarse salt.  Bake at 425*F for twelve minutes.

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