Tuesday, August 21, 2018


These are inexpensive, easy to make, and can provide repetition in daily routines.

Purchase plastic name badge holders at an office supply store. (Or you can save these from conferences.) Choose one letter each day and write it on paper cut to fit in the name badge. Wear the badge and at random times break out in this song to the tune of “BINGO.”

     There is a letter you should know,
     What can the letter be oh?
     /F/ /F/ It’s an F.
     /F/ /F/ It’s an F.
     /F/ /F/ It’s an F.
     The letter F you know!

Make letter badges for all the letters in the alphabet and let children choose a different one each day to wear. Let the children walk around the room and shake hands with their friends as they practice identifying each other’s letters. For example: “Hello Q!” “Hello S!”

*Call the children by the letter they are wearing instead of their name.
For example: “D, come sit by me.”

You will need a plastic visor, index cards, and tape for this activity. Choose a different letter each day and write it on the index card. Tape the index card to the visor. Choose one child each day to wear the visor and be the “letter supervisor.” Every time you leave the classroom the letter supervisor stands at the door with her arm extended. Classmates must name the letter or say a word that starts with that sound before she raises her arm and lets them exit the room.

Cut hands out of construction paper and write letters you want to reinforce on the hands. Tape to the door. As children exit or enter the classroom they “high five” the hands and say the letters (or make the letter sounds.)

You will be able to get a lot of “mileage” out of these little bears. Cut 26 bears out of construction paper. Write upper and lowercase letters on all the bears. Mix up the bears and then sing this song to the tune of “Twinkle Little Star” as the letters are revealed:
     Dd bear, Dd bear, what do you see?
     I see Kk bear looking at me.
     Kk bear, Kk bear, what do you see…
*Focus children’s attention while they settle down for a story or lesson with the letter bears. You could also use the bears as a transition activity. Dismiss children to line up, wash their hands, etc. when the letter that their name starts with appears.

Letter Bear Pattern

You will need an empty cookie box and cardstock to make this game. Cut 3” circles out of the cardstock and write letters on them. Place in the box. One child at a time chooses a “cookie” (letter) out of the box as you chant?

Who ate (letter) in the cookie jar?
(Child’s name) at the (letter) in the cookie jar.
Who me?
Yes, you!
Couldn’t be.
Then who? (It names another friend and passes the box to them.)


Note!  This game is made from all recycled materials!