Teaching early literacy skills can feel overwhelming at times. If you take time to find creative ways to introduce letter sounds to your students, you can really have fun with it! There are so many resources, games and tools for teaching the alphabet. I’m excited to share with you today an effective activity you can do with your students for letter/sound practice. This Alphabet Guessing Game will have your children wanting to practice the alphabet over and over again!
Alphabet Guessing Game
This Alphabet Guessing Game is suitable for grades Kindergarten through 1st grade. There are a variety of ways to play this game.
You can choose to use this activity as a whole group or small group review game. This game can also be played with a partner as a challenge activity.
I would also encourage 1st grade teachers to use this in the beginning of the school year as an alphabet review activity.
To get started with this activity, you need to gather your supplies. One of the best things about this game is you’ll use what you already have on hand!
I like to use either a basket or small bag to place the letters inside of.
How to Play the Alphabet Guessing Game
This game is best played when your students have a working knowledge of alphabet letters and their sounds. It’s probably not ideal to play this game at the beginning of the school year (unless in 1st grade).
Once you’ve introduced a few letters and sounds, then you can begin playing the alphabet guessing game and only use the letters that you’ve covered in class. You can continue to play this game throughout the school year as you introduce more letters from the alphabet.
Whole Group and Small Groups
In a whole group or small group setting, you will model the activity for your students. Once your class has become familiar with the activity, you can later on set them up in pairs as a partner game.
Using either a whiteboard or felt board, secretly grab a letter out of a grab bag. Don’t let your students see the letter.
Begin giving your students clues about the secret letter. You can say things like, this letter says, “a” or “this letter is in the beginning of the word ant, apple, and alligator.”
The first person who guesses the letter gets to keep it or you can place it up on your felt board or whiteboard. You might even call up a different student each time to pull a letter out of the grab bag, but remind them they aren’t allowed to peek at the letter.
Players place the letters of the alphabet in a grab bag. Player #1 pulls a letter out while shielding it from the eyes of player #2.
Player #1 then gives clues to player #2 so that he/she can guess the letter. The game continues until all letters have been guessed.
Tip: Place this activity in your classroom literacy center.
Another way to utilize this alphabet guessing game in pairs is to give your students a set of alphabet flashcards or laminated ABC cards.
The players turn the cards face down and scatter them about.
Player #1 draws a card
Player #1 shields the card from player #2 while giving him/her clues about the letter. The game continues until all letters have been guessed.
I hope that this alphabet guessing game has given you a variety of ways to bring some fun into your early literacy routines!
More Alphabet Fun
Looking for more ways to help your kids learn their ABC’s? Try our super popular Letter Recognition Grab Bag Activity and free printable!