3 letter games your child will love

Estelle Bardon is an early literacy advocate and founder of Mylibook, personalized books for beginning readers.

THE LETTER HUNT

This game can be played by 2 players or more.

 

What you need:
Alphabet flashcards (download Marbotic flashcards here)

 

How to play:
The first player chooses a flashcard in the deck and shows it to everyone. The player reads the letter and the associated phonic (“A”-“Aaahhh”). Every player has to find and touch an object that starts with this letter in the room (for instance, a car for “C”, or a sofa for “S”).

You take turns until the end of the deck (you can start with a small amount of letters, among the most common ones: E, A, R, I, O, T, N, S, L, C.)

 

What is great in this game:
This letter game is excellent to work on different letters modalities: shape of the letter, name of the letter, sound of the letter. It is a good start for phonemic awareness and it combines mouvement with learning.

ALPHABET BINGO

This one trains letter visual recognition.

 

What you need:
Paper, pen and scissors to create your bingo boards and letters to draw. Each bingo board can have 9 letters (different letters for each board).

 

How to play:
Everyone has their own bingo board. The first player draws a letter from the pile and says the name of the letter (and the sound of the letter). The player having this letter on their bingo board wins it. If no one has the drawn letter, the letter goes back to the pile.

The first player having completed a raw (vertical, horizontal or diagonal) shouts “bingo” and wins!

Tip: some squares can be blanked and be used as a joker by the player picking it!

 

What is great in this game:
Alphabet bingo is a funny way to train letter recognition, and it is very versatile. You don’t have to play with the 26 letters: use only your kid’s name letters to start, and introduce more letters along the way. Creating the boards and letters can be also a nice art and craft project (and can train letter tracing!)

MONTESSORI SANDPAPER LETTER CARDS

Sandpaper letter cards use a textured surface for letter shapes on a smooth card. You can buy them or make your cards with sand and glue.

 

What you need:
Montessori Sandpaper Letter Cards (hand made or purchased)

 

How to play:
Several letter games are possible.

The first game is having your child trace letters using fingers, following the sand texture on each card. You can start with their names’s letters.

A bit harder, say a letter and let your child pick it up, and trace it.

Finally, you can train letter discirmination: you choose 3 letters and say their names and sound. Then, say “I see the letter C like in CAT. Which one is it?” Skip the first letter to add a bit more challenge.

You can also play with CVC words and vocabulary: make a word (“BIG'' for instance). Say the word out loud, insisting on each phonic, and ask your child to trace the middle letter on the sand card. Then, ask your child to change the middle letter with another vowel and read the new word (“BAG”, “BUG”). You can ask them if they know this word, if it has a meaning. This way, you are training letter recognition, phonics, vowels and consonants, plus vocabulary!

Like to play with CVC words? Try our reading activities with hundred of CVC words and phonics games to train phonemic awareness. Click here to discover Marbotic.