Any time that we can give new life to an old toy, hours of excitement and fun are sure to follow! Our shopping cart toy has recently gone from a pretend toy to a baby walker. To inspire some new fun and learning within my preschooler, we found a way to practice beginning sounds by shopping for the alphabet! This alphabet game will take practicing beginning sounds on a fun scavenger hunt throughout your home.
Beginning Sound Alphabet Shopping
What You’ll Need to Play
How to Play
First, I grabbed an empty tissue box and put the letters inside. We used the same bath time foam alphabet set as we did in our Name Recognition Scramble. Each time my little one would pull a letter out, she would identify it and then say its sound. As soon as we reviewed, she excitedly took off with her cart to “shop” for something in the house that shared the same beginning sound.
When Q was selected as the first letter for our game, I was impressed with her way of thinking when she came back with Elsa in her cart. She backed up her claim that she found Q by announcing, “Mommy, it’s a queen!” Her determination quickly set in as it was only a short time later that the cart was brimming at the top with all of her beginning sound treasures.
Our alphabet hunt took her all throughout the house, as she searched the playroom, kitchen, bedrooms, and even the pantry! We found things such as an apple for A, a train for T, an orange for O, some silk flowers for F, a stuffed animal rabbit for R, and a necklace for N.
Although we couldn’t fill the entire cart with the alphabet, it gave us good reason to empty the cart and start the game again! And as usual, her sister grabbed the cart and practiced her (almost) newfound walking skills.
For an added challenge, you may focus on isolating the ending sounds when shopping for the alphabet. It will definitely extend the life of this toy and help kids practice letter sounds in a fun way!
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