The next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series is an activity that will get kids jumping and moving all around.
XGirl is very kinesthetic. She loves to move! Any activity that incorporates running, jumping, spinning, rolling, or other movements is always a hit with her. I came up with this activity as a way to help her learn the letters by capitalizing on her need to move.
So if you’ve got a learner who thrives on getting active, this Toss the Balloon Letter Game is sure to be a hit!
To set up this activity, all you need is a balloon and a marker. (I recommend a permanent marker because it won’t rub off the balloon and mark children’s hands or clothes.)
Blow up the balloon, then mark it up with the letters that your child is learning to recognize. I recommend leaving plenty of space in between the letters to avoid confusion when you play the game.
To play, toss the balloon to your child.
When your child catches it, ask him or her to identify the letter closest to them. You can ask for the sound the letter makes (e.g., /m/) or the name of the letter (e.g., ‘M’).
Then repeat. Your child can toss the balloon to herself. You and your child can toss it back and forth. Or two or more children can play together.
More ways to teach to the alphabet
More alphabet printables from Gift of Curiosity:
- Letter Slap game
- Letter Pin-Punching Pages
- Letter Puzzles
- Beginning Sounds Alphabet Clip Cards
- Alphabet Lacing Cards
- Dot Sticker Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Matching
- Q-Tip Painted Letter Pages