Fun alphabet activities for kids

There are many activities for kids that involve the alphabet. Even older kids can get excited about some ABC activities.

Do the ABC's conjure up images of singing the Alphabet Song over and over again? If so, try these fun and different ABC activities.

Basic Concentration Game

A game like memory or commonly known as concentration is a good way to get younger kids to learn the ABC's. There are many versions or possibilities for this game.

The object of the game is to match up pairs of cards, each part of the pair relating to each other in some way. Lay out cards in a grid, turned face down. Each player takes turns flipping over two cards. If it's a match, the player gets another turn until the cards do not match. If the cards do not match, it's the next player's turn.

Supplies Needed to Make the Cards:

card stock (see alternatives below in description)

pens, pencils, markers, colored pencils or crayons

pictures from photographs and magazines for inspiration

Cut the card stock into small squares at least four inches by four inches. You can make them slightly bigger for little hands. In place of the card stock, you can use regular stock paper and laminate them or affix them to thin cardboard.

Version one:

You can use matching pictures for each pair. Make a pair for each letter of the alphabet. Use the magazines or photographs for ideas and inspiration.

For example, use apples for the letter A, a ball for B and so forth. Themes could be used to enhance their effectiveness and fun for little kids. Make them all foods or animals and so on.



Version two:

You can use the letter on one card and its matching picture on the other. For example, the letter A should be on one card. The other card would have an item that starts with A such as an apple or alligator.

Labels

Another good way to have ABC fun is to label the house. Try to find things for each letter of the alphabet. If something isn't available for a specific letter, then have the kids draw a picture for it.

A hunt for the labeled items can be a fun activity to do with younger kids. You could have each child take turns labeling items for the others in the household to find.

Puzzles

Puzzles are fun and educational. You can easily make puzzle cards from card stock or other heavier paper. Cut a rectangle, lengthwise, of about 6 inches long. Then on one half write the letter down. On the other half, draw or attach a picture that goes along with the letter. When it is dried, then cut the card in half. You can add zigzag lines or curvy or whatever shape lines you want to add a puzzle feel to the card.

Brainstorm Lists

Older students and younger students you have a grasp of language and can write can play a brainstorming game or session. Pick a letter of the alphabet and then have kids write down as many words as they can for that letter. For example, the letter is A. Kid number one has the list apple, alligator, Alabama, Alaska. Kid number two has apple, ant and any. There are many ways to play. One way to play is to score the words. If you are playing with a bunch of people, it's fun to see who can come up with different words. The score would be one point for each word that someone else does not have. For the lists give for kids one and two above, kid number one has three points and kid number two has two points. Each had the word apple as a common item and those common items are crossed off.

Backwards

Have you ever wanted to learn the ABC's backwards? Get a chart of the ABC's or make one and try saying the alphabet backwards. Practice awhile and then have a session to see who can remember how to say them backwards.

Other ABC activities:

1. Make an alphabet stew using letter-shaped pasta. Add in as many ingredients as you can and spell them out to younger kids as you are adding them.

2. Play the ABC memorization game. The first person starts out with something like, "I went to the supermarket and bought apples." The first person would add an item that starts with A. The second player would add B and play continues until the end or someone forgets the items. Each player must repeat what the previous players mentioned plus the additional item.

3. Use letter-shaped pasta to spell out words and glue them on felt, index cards or paper. Make a collage with scraps of paper or felt, buttons, feathers or whatever else is in the craft bin.

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