Matching Alphabet Beans Literacy Game

Make an alphabet beans literacy game and an ongoing resource to use in lots of activities together!Alphabet Beans matching game literacy activity


Using some ordinary, dry butter beans (sold in the bag at the supermarket), I wrote on the letters of the alphabet using a black Sharpie marker to create a set of alphabet beans for literacy play! We recently used beans to make a colour sorting game and these were left over and ready to use for more fun.Alphabet beans for literacy play


The beans went into a basket and I set up an Invitation to Play with a mini muffin tray filled with paper cake cases. Inside each one I wrote a letter of the alphabet for matching the beans to.Alphabet beans literacy activity


Miss 4 played the game and sounded out each letter as she found and matched it.Alphabet beans matching activity

The beans are lovely and tactile, making a kinaesthetic learning resource for other possible literacy games too. By making another few sets of each letter they would be perfect for using to spell out small words, practise name writing or to select initial letter sounds to match objects. Adapt these for any stage of literacy development!Alphabet beans and muffin cases game

The children are currently 5, 4 and 2.

What they are learning as they play:

literacy: recognising letters by name and sound (grapheme and phoneme), matching letters together by sight and by sound

See our other Alphabet Play Activities here



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