Teaching through Technology- 13 Free, Alphabet Games

13 Awesome Alphabet Online Games

Happy family  mother father and children at home.

Happy family mother father and children at home.

I get it… you can only show your child a letter ‘A’ flashcard so many times before it bores both of you to tears. But there are so many ways to teach the amazing alphabet. Now more than ever our children are being exposed to technology, so why not use it! Below are 13 free, online websites that reinforce alphabet knowledge and phonemic awareness that will help your child develop a strong ‘pre-reading’ foundation. I have also included an ‘extension activity’ with each website that you can do with your child after they play the online games.

ALPHABET KNOWLEDGE:

1- Starfall ABCs

http://www.starfall.com/n/level-k/index/play.htm?f

Let your child click on a letter(s) and she will see pictures and hear words that begin with a particular letter sound.

Extension: Have her cut out 10 paper squares and write the uppercase letter on 5 squares and the lowercase letter on the other 5 squares. Mix up the letter squares and let her sort the squares according to the case! Make it a timed game of 15 seconds!

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2- Letter Tracing!

http://www.abcya.com/letter_trace.htm

Your child can trace the uppercase letters using the computer mouse. Let him pick any letter from the top column to practice. This is a fun way to practice making letter strokes without a pencil!

Extension: He can write letters on a piece of paper, and then trace the letter using different materials, such as a feather, leaf, stick, spoon, paperclip, or toothbrush!

3- Alpha Pigs’ Alpha-Bricks-  

http://pbskids.org/superwhy/#/game/alphabricks

Mr. Pig asks your child to find certain letters of the alphabet so the big, bad wolf doesn’t blow down the house. Choose the easy, medium, or hard level. The harder the level, the more uppercase and lowercase letters your child will have in the answer choices.

Extension: ‘Build a letter house’ using blocks! Lay 3 letters in front of your child. Say a letter and have her identify the letter you said. For each letter she identifies correctly, let her add a block to the house.

 

4- ABCD Watermelon-

http://pbskids.org/lions/games/abcd.html

A lion needs help identifying what letter comes next in the alphabet.

Extension: Play the Alphabet Puzzle! Give your child a strip of paper with 4-6 letters that is missing one letter! Let him write the missing letter in the correct place to complete the alphabet puzzle strip!

 

5- Match Upper and Lower Case

http://www.turtlediary.com/game/matching-upper-and-lowercase-letters.html

Your child will draw a line to match an uppercase letter with its lowercase letter.

             Extension: Read “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” and reinforce the letter pairs!

 

6- Color by Letter

http://www.turtlediary.com/game/color-by-letter.html

Using the ‘alphabet color key’, your child will color a picture by associating a color with a corresponding letter.

Extension: Print out a black and white template of an animal. Have your child create her own ‘alphabet color key’ and write the corresponding letters on different areas of the animal. Then, you color the picture according to the key and let her check to see if you did it correctly!

 

 

PHONEMIC AWARENESS: (sounds)

 

1- Letters to Big Bird

http://pbskids.org/sesame/games/letters-big-bird/

Help Big Bird find pictures that begin with the letter he finds in his mailbox! This game helps build vocabulary too!

Extension: Without him knowing, put a letter in your mailbox from Big Bird discussing the letter(s) he is working on. Get the mail with him, read the letter together and have him write and mail a letter back to Big Bird with drawings and pictures that begin with that letter sound!

 

2- Monkey Match-

http://pbskids.org/lions/games/monkeymatch.html

Your child can pick between matching uppercase and lowercase letters or matching a letter and the picture associate with its beginning sound.

Extension: Make your own matching game using pictures she draws or cuts out of magazines. Start with no more than 5 possible matches to help her build game confidence!

 

3- Bumper Cars

http://pbskids.org/sesame/games/bumper-cars/

In order to play the car game, your child has to identify what pictures begin with a certain letter sound. The words are below the picture, so this is a relatively easy, confidence-boosting game since he can see the beginning letter.

Extension: Use your own picture cards and after he identifies what pictures begin with that letter sound, let him play with his toy cars for 30 seconds…then do another letter! Hands on fun!

 

4- Alphabet Letter Puzzles:

http://www.abcya.com/alphabet_puzzle.htm

Move puzzle pieces to match up a letter and its beginning sound picture.

Extension: Make an Alphabet Letter Puzzle! Using a flashcard, your child can write a letter and draw a picture that begins with that letter. Have her cut up the flashcard into in 3 or 5 pieces and practice putting the puzzle together! After she has built some confidence, challenge her by making it a timed game.

 

5- I Spy Alphabet!:

http://www.turtlediary.com/game/letter-recognition.html

Your child matches a letter with pictures that begin with the letter’s sound to complete the puzzle. Reinforces vocabulary too!

Extension: Pause the game and create your own alphabet puzzle!

 

6- Painting Beginning Sounds:

http://www.literactive.com/Download/live.asp?swf=story_files/easel_US.swf

Decipher what picture begins with a given letter. The pictures are big and easy to identify. Good for building vocabulary!

Extension: Bring this game to life in your home! Pick a letter that your child is working on. Let him paint 3 pictures on one piece of paper: 1 picture of something that begins with the letter sound he is working on and 2 that do not. Have him ask people who live in your house to select the picture that begins with the letter sound.

 

7- Match the Sound

http://www.literactive.com/Download/live.asp?swf=story_files/match_the_sounds_US.swf

This is for very beginning letter-sound learners! This game is a great way to introduce the concept that each letter makes a sound. Explain that animals have a name and make sounds, and so do letters! Each letter has a name and each letter makes a sound- just like animals! This can help your child associate that letters make sounds!

Extension: Make animal puppets and ask her to make the animal sound associated with the puppet.

 

BBC News recently reported that, “Children aged 5 to 16 spend an average of six and a half hours a day in front of a screen compared with around three hours in 1995.”* That sure is a lot! So, if your child is in front of a screen during the day, try to make sure that some of their screen time is used to play one of these fun, educational online games!

 

So tell me, what game did your child like to play?!

Joanna Merideth 

* http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32067158

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