Have your little ones just mastered the alphabet? Then it is time for a revision! And what could be a better way to revise than by playing a game? After searching online, I found this incredible idea: The ABC Beanstalk on this amazing blog! I tried it and it really worked! Why don’t you give it a try, too?
I found this idea a great one, since it can also be used as an in-class project which can later decorate the wall of your classroom! Let’s take it step by step.
Firstly, make sure that your students are familiar with the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. Prepare the beanstalk and bring it to the class, but make sure that you haven’t glued the leaves. Give the leaves to your students and ask them to put them in alphabetical order. Then, you can glue the leaves all together.
Now that the beanstalk is ready, it’s time for a board game! Give each student a game piece and ask them to place them at the bottom of the beanstalk. Explain that they have to roll the dice and move forward the number they roll. Once they land on a leaf, they have to say/spell a word starting with that letter. If not, then they have to move one leaf back. The students who reaches the cloud first is the winner. Make sure you reward the winners! You can give him or her a big sticker. I often play this game in teams and not in pairs, using a big beanstalk poster on the wall. In this case, I award them one point, if they get the word right and a second point , if they manage to spell it right, too.
This is a fun and engaging way to revise the alphabet that your students will certainly love!
Bottle caps games
a)HOW TO PLAY the “Bottle Caps ALPHABET” memory GAME
(1) Make sure that all the caps are messed up so that they aren’t in order.
(2) Turn all of the caps over so you cannot see the letters anymore.
(3) Place them in neat rows.
(4) A player turns over 2 caps.
….. If there is a match, they put those caps in their own pile and then gets to take another turn.
….. If there is NOT a match, the player then turns the caps back over ( in the same spot that they found them) . The next player then gets to take a turn.
(5) The game is over when all of the matches are found. The player with the most caps wins the game.
b) The “Bottle caps ALPHABET” word game
(1) Make sure that all the caps are messed up so that they aren’t in order, on the floor.
(2) Divide the class in two teams
(3) Invite two students, representing the two teams,to come where the caps are
(4) Give them one word and ask them to try and write using the bottle caps, as fast as possible!
(5) The fastest student, wins a point for his/her team
(6) The game is over when all of the students have had their turn. The team with the most points, wins the game.