Alphabet Bingo in a Bottle

Alphabet Bingo in a Bottle
Alphabet Bingo is a simple, fun and engaging hands-on literacy game children can play to help them learn and recognise letters.  Learning the letter sound first and then the letter name are important for reading and writing development.   
What you will need?
Alphabet Bingo in a Bottle
To create your very own Alphabet Bingo in a Bottle game you will need, rice (coloured dye is optional), wooden alphabet letters, bottle tops, large plastic bottle (we used a 3 litre juice bottle) and the Printable Alphabet Bingo Score Card. 
Using the wooden alphabet letters is a suggestion for this game and it was fortunate that I had some that would fit through the opening of the plastic bottle.  Another option may be to print off some alphabet letters and laminate them.  After placing the letters into the plastic bottle, I used a funnel to add the rice and then used a hot glue gun to secure the lid.
The bottle tops are used to cover the letters on the Alphabet Bingo Score Card, alternatively you could use blocks or torn pieces of paper.
Click here to download and print –> Printable Alphabet Bingo in a Bottle Score Card
Let’s Play
Alphabet Games
Shake it! Find it! Match it! Bingo!
This game can be played with 1 or as many children as you like.  It involves children taking turns to shake the plastic bottle full of rice to reveal the alphabet letters and then using the bottle tops to cover the letters that can be seen in the bottle.  The child who covers all the letters first calls, BINGO!
Let’s Learn
 Alphabet Bingo
There are so many things I love about Alphabet Bingo in a Bottle, one particularly is that it promotes so much oral language as children need to talk about what letters they have found and which ones have not be found yet.  Miss 3: “I haven’t found this one (pointing at the letter Tt on the chart)?”  Me: “Oh, that is the letter Tt, it makes the ‘t’ sound.  That’s right you haven’t found the ‘t’ letter yet.”  Miss 3: “Yes, yes, the letter Tt, I haven’t found the letter t (shaking the bottle looking for it)!”
Learning Opportunities
  • Letter recognition
  • Oral language development – hearing the sound and saying it out loud.
  • Development of fine motor skills
  • Eye & hand coordination – watching and doing and coordinating these actions.
  • Sensory- Development of the sense of touch. Feeling and manipulating objects.
  • Learning alphabet letter name and letter sounds.
  • Social skills – taking turns.
Extend the learning with more Alphabet Activities:
 Alphabet Paint Roller 1
Make your own Alphabet Paint Roller by sticking foam letters onto a large cardboard roll.  Children can then place the Alphabet Paint Roller onto a tray of paint, roll and print the letters onto to white paper to transfer the letter shapes.
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Learning Letter Sounds – Letter ‘A’ Activity

Letter A Activities
Learning the letter sound first and then the letter name is important for reading and writing development.  Here is a simple, fun and engaging hands-on activity to promote the learning of the letter Aa. 
You will need the Printable Lower Case Letter Aa (below), PVA craft glue, small paint brush, red paper and an apple shaped hole punch.
This activity can be completed with or without the glue.  Miss 3 started the activity by just placing the apple shapes onto the letter ‘a’ with no glue.  This meant she could play and sing over and over again.  When using glue, use the paint brush to apply a thin layer of glue on the shape of the letter ‘a’ and then arrange the apples into place.   
I plan to use this activity with my Kindergarten class in one of our learning stations.  I have laminated the printable several times and will have a small bowl of the apple cut outs for students to access.
Click here to download and print: Printable Lower Case Letter Aa
Learning Letter Sounds Activities
Learning Benefits
  • Letter recognition
  • Oral language development – hearing the sound and saying it out loud.
  • Development of fine motor skills
  • Eye & hand coordination – watching and doing and coordinating these actions.
  • Sensory- Development of the sense of touch. Feeling and manipulating objects.
  • Learning alphabet letter name and letter sounds.
  • Spatial awareness
Matching alphabet letters game for kids
You will find more ALPHABET ACTIVITIES –>  HERE
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‘R’ is for Rain & Making a Rain Craft

R is for Rain - Alphabet Letter R Activity
Making our rain craft was so much fun and a great way to encourage language development! 
The idea started with Miss 2, who absolutely loves to sing a rain song at the moment, which I think is called “Rain is Falling Down….Pitter Patter”.  I wanted to encourage and support her learning and development by utilising her interests, so I thought we would create our very own rain to play and sing-a-long with.
The rain and cloud also turned out to be a wonderful piece of artwork now in our play room which I bring down once in a while for Miss 2 to sing and play with.
What you will need?
Rain is Falling Down 2
You will need blue paper, cotton wool balls, string, PVA craft glue, paint brushes (for applying glue), sticky tape and dark blue and light blue crepe paper.
I cut our blue sheet of paper into the shape of a cloud and glued it onto an empty cereal box to make it stronger and less flimsy.
To create the rain drop shapes, I folded the crepe paper over in layers and with a pen drew a small tear drop shape, then cut it out.  Folding the crepe paper over several times created a number of rain drops, saving time with cutting.
Making the Rain Craft:
Rain is Falling Down 3
Some of this activity was completed by Miss 2 independently with some guidance and other parts were completed with more support and guidance from me.  Every child is different and at various stages of development.  Either way I truly believe that sitting and being with your child to share creating something together is so important and beneficial, not the fact that they completed it all by themselves.  Children benefit so much from our guidance and presence; we are their first teacher and role model. 
We also broke the activity up into parts as it can be time consuming and little attention spans may lose interest.
  1. Apply the PVA glue to the cloud with a paint brush.
  2. Stick the cotton wool balls onto the glue by carefully and gently pulling the fibres apart to spread the cotton wool more thinly.  Allow the glue to dry.
  3. When the glue has dried, turn the cloud over and sticky tape the string on the back to dangle down at different lengths.
  4. Sticky tape the rain drops to the string.  Some assistance may be required with this part.
Winter Craft - Making Rain
Time to play with our Raining Cloud:  Miss 2 happily sang her favourite rain song as she dangled and swished the rain drops to and fro.
Learning Links:
  • Encourages and promotes imaginative play and creativity.
  • Develop and extend vocabulary.
  • Rhyme – understanding rhyme in our spoken language helps children learn to read.
  • Rhythm- helps children to remember words and develop auditory memory skills.
  • Phonemic awareness – hearing and understanding that words are made up of individual sounds and other word patterns.
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Alphabet Match

Alphabet match is a fun hands-on activity for kids to help recognise and learn their alphabet letters.  It is also a great opportunity to introduce upper case and lower case letters and match them in a fun puzzle like activity.    
What you will need?
You will need 26 bottle tops, a large sheet of paper, coloured makers and foam letters.  These foam letters I picked up at our local craft shop and they have a sticky back which is great for sticking onto the bottle tops.  If you do not have the option of using the foam letters, you could alternatively write the alphabet letters onto the bottle tops instead.
I traced around the bottle tops onto the paper and wrote the lower case alphabet letters inside the circles.
The foam letters are upper case (or capital letters) and the letters written on the paper are lowers case, the aim of the activity is to match the two letters together, Aa, Bb, Cc, etc.
I love the chunkiness of the bottle tops; they are the perfect size for little fingers and hands to grip.  The bright colours are inviting and fun for kids to learn their alphabet letters and match the lower case and upper case letters together. 
Other ideas to use the Alphabet Bottle Tops:
  1. Cover only the letters that are written on a blue bottle top.
  2. Cover only the letters that have a tail, such as a g, j, p, q and y.
  3. Cover only the letters that make a round shape, such as a, b, d, g, o, p, and q.
  4. Cover the letters that are in your name.
  5. Make a pattern and cover every second or third letter.
  6. Can you make a word, such as dog, man, car or cat.
  7. Lay all the bottle tops out in order of the alphabet.  Sing the song to help you!  
Other bottle top activities here on learning4kids: (click on the images to view more info)
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Toilet Roll Alphabet

Alphabet activities for kids 
We have found a new and fun way to re-use and recycle our toilet rolls and bottle tops and create them into a wonderful toy to help promote learning about alphabet letters, CVC words and sight words.  We are always discovering new ways to use our Toilet Roll Alphabet.
What you will need?
You will need 26 bottle tops, 26 toilet rolls (we’ve been collecting for while), paint, scissors, paint brushes, sticky tape and a copy of the alphabet letters and pictures.  You can download and print this here: Printable Toilet Roll Alphabet Letters
Tip: to fit the toilet roll into the bottle top, I made a small snip with the scissors at the bottle of the roll and folded it slightly to slide into the bottle tops. 
To make our toilet rolls a little bit more fun and colourful, we painted them.  Any excuse to get the paints out!
Once the toilet rolls were dry we cut out the printable alphabet letters and pictures and sticky tape them onto the roll.  We have laminated our printable letters and pictures but you could alternatively contact them to help make them last longer.  
Activities for Our Toilet Roll Alphabet 
Sequencing the alphabet letters into correct order and using the song to assist them.  This is great for becoming familiar with alphabet letters, knowing what they look like and their shape, the name of the letter and what sound it makes.  It is important for kids to understand and know what sound a letter makes for successful reading and writing.  Teaching your child the letter sound first then the letter name is a great place to start.  Use the pictures as a cue to help develop an understanding and memory for these sounds, ‘a’ is for apple and ‘b’ is for banana.  You can also do this during every day activities around the home such as taking a bath and brushing your teeth, ‘b’ is for bath and ‘t’ is for teeth. 
The toilet roll alphabet can be used to make CVC words, words that can be sounded out and contain a consonant, vowel and then a consonant.  This is great for beginning readers and writers as it provides an opportunity for kids to confidently practise the skill of sounding out without any tricky letter blends or diagraphs.
Great for learning sight words or also known as high frequency words.  Miss 5 has been learning her sight words at school and has a small amount of homework to help support this learning.  The toilet roll alphabet makes learning these sight words and homework more fun!
We have put our Toilet Roll Alphabet in our playroom on a low shelf  for my kids to play with them and it also acts as banner or a wall freeze display.  The bottle tops help make the toilet roll more sturdy to stay standing up right on hard surfaces.
I would love to extend this activity with my kids and use pegs to clip the toilet roll alphabet onto a length of string to display the correct  sequence of alphabet letters.
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