Letter Recognition Game for Forest Theme

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  1. Cave Craft for Forest Theme

After making our bear caves we used them to play an ABC game. We made a quick blue lake out of construction paper and filled it with ABC fish (magnetic letters).

Hungry Bear ABC Game

Then the kids took turns being the bear. On their turn they would GROWL as loud as they could and then say, “I’m hungry for a G (or any letter) fish! They LOVED being the bear, and they were pretty convincing.

Bear ABC Game

Bear ABC Game

After “the bear” growled and said what kind of fish to look for, the other child found the letter and put it in the bear cave.

Bear ABC Game

This was a really fun way to practice letter recognition and taking turns.

This game could also be modified to practice other skills by including:

  • magnetic numbers to practice number recognition
  • colored pom poms to practice color recognition
  • sight word cards to practice sight words

After playing this game we read Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep! The story made the kids giggle, and it gave us a wonderful opportunity to talk about rhyming words. In the story bear is being told to go to sleep, but he doesn’t hear so well. Instead he thinks he hears sweep, drive a jeep, and leap, among other silly things. We acted out the bears actions in the story and discussed which words rhyme with sleep.

What games do you play to practice letter recognition? Do you have any favorite bear stories to go along with a forest or hibernation theme?

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  1. This is such a super cute & fun activity! Thanks for linking it up at TGIF!

    I featured this at TGIF today! Feel free to grab an I was featured button if you like! I hope to see you linked up again today – http://www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2013/01/tgif-linky-party-60-were-back.html

    Have a GREAT weekend,
    Beth =-)

  2. Megan Bowen says:

    This is such a great way to get them to be able to recognize each letter & to help sound them out! Thanks for posting, can’t wait to try out this fun method with our daycare kids! 🙂

  3. Featuring you this week!

  4. So much fun and so many ways to play it. I think my daughters would like their lizard to eat the “bugs”.

    • 🙂 Yes, my kids have enjoyed adding all sorts of animals. The girls also had the dolls from their dollhouse camping in the cave at one point. There are so many possibilities for learning and play.

  5. Wanted to let you know I am featuring this post on Mom’s Library this week!


  6. Very fun! Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Coming from Sunday Showcase… Very cute idea, I will be using it! Pinned it!

  8. Very cute idea! I found you at the Link & Learn party.

  9. This sounds like a great game for some letter review. Also pinning!

    • Thanks! There was a lot of giggling going on, and it was a great chance to review letter names and letter sounds. Thanks for pinning!

  10. What a cute game! I can think of some ways to use it for my kids too! Pinning for later!

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