|

Alphabet Toss

Kids 5 to 7

Indoor activity

Required: Thin cardboard or paper, drawing supplies, four to eight pennies, muffin tin, small items

We have a fool-proof one, and we call it the Alphabet Toss. The ingredients are: enough consonants and vowels to make dozens of words, a sprinkle of luck, and a generous supply of spelling skills. You'll also need four pennies and muffin tins of any size (the larger the cups, the easier the game, and the better-suited for younger kids).

Create alphabet "tiles" using small (approximately 1" x 1") squares of paper or thin cardboard and a pen or marker. You'll need enough combinations of commonly-used consonants and vowels so that you can insert at least one into each tin. Then use a piece of string or a feature of your floor to mark off a "starting" line.

Ask players, one at a time, to sit or stand behind the line and toss four to eight pennies into the muffin tin (alternatively, you can use a craft-paper grid). In this way, your kids collect letters until they have enough to spell at least one word. Players score one point for each letter they use in a word. You can also establish other rules for play. For example, players might pool their letters and use the letters everyone has collected to spell words. Or you might ask kids to use the letters only in the order in which they were collected, to spell words of only two letters or more, or the like. If older kids are playing, you might put more than three or more letters into each muffin tin, and ask kids to spell only words that contain all those letters, to increase the challenge.

Kids of all ages might earn extra points if they can use their words in sentences. You can set a time limit of, say, two minutes for each player. OK, did anyone spell the word "bellytimber" (an old word for a nourishing meal)?

by Steve and Ruth Bennett
|


stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

Top 10 Group Halloween Costumes for Families
These store-bought and Pinterest-inspired Halloween costume ideas for groups are the perfect way to show off your creative side at your Halloween party or while trick-or-treating.

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

12 Spine-Tingling Halloween Movies for Teens
Are you looking for a movie with just a little bit of spook-factor for your teen? Check out these 12 spine-tingling Halloween movies!

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!