This is one of my first ever posts, and it’s one that I have shared hundreds of times. It was originally published on January 17, 2009, but I’m re-sharing it today with a few more photos and better links to the download. Enjoy!
Have you heard about our simple but seriously fun Alphabet Hunt? Our fun way of searching for the uppercase or lowercase letters of the alphabet? Here it is:
Today was a hectic travel day for us, but I was determined to use our travel window more wisely than I usually do in order to ensure a little bit of “secret” learning along our way.
What we did was incredibly simple, but all three of my kiddos enjoyed it, and it gave us an exciting 45 minutes without whining, complaining, or asking, “Are we there yet?”
Alphabet Hunt — On the Road ABC Fun:
Before we left, I ran to the computer and made two simple tables of two rows each, each with 13 columns. Letters A-M were in the top row, and the row beneath the letters were empty; N-Z were in the top row of the second table, and the row below them were empty, too.
I made the letters in uppercase, in a large size. I used sturdy white paper, and I made two full alphabet tables on each sheet so I could give each child a half sheet.
The finished boxes beneath the letters were almost the perfect size for a normal chart sticker.
Here is Alphabet Hunt in uppercase letters and the Alphabet Hunt in all lowercase letters.
Just when my troops began to get antsy, I told them that even though they were stuck in their car seats, they were going to go on an Alphabet Hunt (woo-hooo!) and that all they needed for their hunt was one piece of paper and some stickers.
I showed them how the hunt worked on the sheet:
Okay, friends, we have 26 letters of the alphabet to find today. Let’s see who can find all 26! I’ll show you how to use your hunt chart. I need to find a letter ‘A’. Who can help me find one? Wow! That was quick! You’re right, there’s an ‘A’ on that truck, Maddy!
I put one of the chart stickers under the ‘A’, handed them their own cards and two half-sheets of stickers, and they got rolling!
They loved it, and even though Cora was way too young for it, she loved putting stickers all over her card.
What I realized about this simple, easy activity is that we don’t have to be in the car to do it.
I think I’ll try:
- an ‘in the-house alphabet hunt‘;
- an ‘around the neighborhood alphabet hunt’ (once it warms up);
- a ‘grocery store alphabet hunt’ (if I get desperate in the next few cold winter weeks);
- a ‘number hunt’ cards so we can work on numbers and number recognition. (Here is a Number Hunt board I made a few weeks later.)
The possibilities are endless for sneaking some learning in when it involves letter/ number recognition and chart stickers. . .
Want a few more alphabet activities? Check out:
- backyard alphabet hunt
- homemade alphabet book
- leafy letter learning
- ABC hunt
- on the road ABC hunt
- lowercase ABC hunt
- build your own bingo: uppercase and lowercase match
- ABC cards and clothespin match
- alphabet letter splash
- alphabingo (play with lowercase letters)
- alphabet letter lids
- leafy outdoor alphabet hunt
- build your own board game
- clothespin letter match
- 10 fun ways to learn the alphabet
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Carrie & Doug
Hi Old Friend-
Just checked out your blog for the first time the other day. Immediately I signed up to have it emailed to me. This one showed up in my inbox this morning. I’m blown away! This is such an amazing and useful blog. You are very talented. Thanks for sharing this with all of us!
I used this game yesterday, and it was wonderful!! My card was not as neat as yours….haha (next time I’ll have to use a ruler) but the 4 year old had a lot of fun finding letters. We only stayed in one room since her baby brother and sister were with us, but we looked through magazines and that worked out too.
Thank you so much for your ideas! You’re brilliant!
Amy: We’ve added this to a post on field trips scheduled for the 24th. Great idea, thanks!
Oh I loooooove this idea. Thanks. 🙂