This activity helps children recognize the letters of the alphabet, become familiar with the sounds each letter makes, and identify where in the alphabet the letter falls.
Beginning with uppercase alphabet letters, show the child the strip of paper with the alphabet written on it. Together, sing the alphabet song and point to each letter as it is sung.
Give the child a bag of uppercase alphabet letters and say, “Today, we are going to match the letters in this bag to the letters on the alphabet strip. I want you to close your eyes, reach in the bag, and see what letter you pull out. No peeking!”
Starting with two or three letters, name the letters and have the child place them on the letter strip, either on top of or above the matching letter.
As the child is working to match each letter, ask some questions such as: “What is the first letter in your name? Can you point to that letter? What is another word that begins with the same sound as your name?” or “What is your favorite letter of the alphabet? Can you point to that letter? What is a word that begins with that letter?”