This spin-and-say ABC game is very easy to set up. You can use it to practice letter recognition, letter sounds, and beginning sounds in words. We added a little bit of a fall twist to focus on autumn vocabulary words, too.
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To make your own game you’ll need:
- a sturdy paper plate
- a ruler (optional)
- a paper fastener
- a paperclip
I decided to write on the bottom part of our paper plate, so I started by flipping the plate over. Then I used the ruler and markers to draw section on the plate. Draw as many or as few lines as you would like. In general, if kids are just beginning to learn the alphabet, limit the number of letters included. I chose to limit our set to eight sections because I was trying to include letters that had some relation to fall items. I ended up labeling the sections with: t, f, a, p, c, l, s, and h. We used lowercase, but you could also incorporate uppercase letters.
Next I poked the paper fastener through the center of the plate, leaving it so that it poked up just a bit. Then I slid the paperclip onto the fastener and double checked that it was loose enough to spin easily.
When working with children you can choose to focus on a variety of skills. Begin by having the child spin the paperclip. Then you can either focus on:
- Naming the letter
- Identifying the letter sound
- Naming a word that begins with this letter–As an extra challenge for this version the girls tried to name words that related to fall for each letter.
Extend the Learning with Literature
Reading ABC books about fall can be a great way to build upon the learning in this ABC game.