I have a soft spot for alphabet bingo.
A soft spot for alphabet bingo? That sounds a little silly. But it is true. Last year during our year together at home, alphabet bingo was on repeat for my three boys and me.
It was helpful for my oldest to practice letter sounds.
Helpful for my preschooler to recognize letter symbols.
And helpful for my toddler to see the lines and curves that makeup letters.
In a crazy year, alphabet bingo helped bring us all a little closer with one common interest.
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Let’s pick alphabet bingo up again with a bit of a twist!
Typically, bingo is played with more than one player. Here, we can use the game as a simple Breakfast Invitation to begin the day with play.
As your child pulls letters from the box, you can sip your coffee and chime in when it feels right.
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I let my preschooler take the lead, and conversation builds on what they discover.
Before playing, my goal with this activity is exposure to the alphabet.
Alphabet activities bring on a conversation about:
- Letter sounds
- Letter shapes
- What other words have the same letter
- How a letter looks
- Who has a name that begins with the same letter
- How letters look alike and different
Start Alphabet Bingo and see where it takes everyone!
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Take an idea, increase the size.
Over time I have found that making simple activities tiny or giant gives them life.
Creating the game board on our white paper roll was a no-brainer to add a little more excitement.
I am picking letters my preschooler knows and a few new ones.
I want my four-year-old to feel successful. This success helps him take more risks when learning new things. Here, I have many letters he can automatically recognize and a few others to introduce.
Think about what your child is learning at home or in school. Be sure to incorporate those letters to reinforce at home.
Let’s get Alphabet Bingo set up!
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Make a five-by-five grid on your white paper roll. Add a star in the middle for a free space.
PRO TIP: 20+ letters at once is a lot of letters. You may want to scale this way back for children just beginning to learn the alphabet.
There is no race to learn all 26 letters! Meet your child where they are at, and you will see growth.
Five in a row wins!
Just like bingo, five in a row wins.
You may notice your child coming in and out of the game throughout the day or doing it all in one sitting. Whichever falls into place, be flexible, knowing you had short meaningful conversations about the letters practiced.