Learning the alphabet is a big job! Unlocking letters and sounds is a huge step in the process of learning to read, and we love to make practice fun!
This super engaging alphabet game can also double as a sensory bin and “seek and find” game. It is super fun for your preschooler or kindergartener – or any child who is working on mastering those letters and sounds.
Pair them with our alphabet printables for even more quick and fun practice with the ABC’s!
To play this game as shown you will need:
- clear bin (shoe box size or bigger, I used 15QT size)
- clear stones/glass gems for the “water” – you can find them HERE or at craft stores *You know your children best – if you have children that may put things in their mouth, I recommend blue pom poms, tissue paper, or something similar instead!
- fish cards and recording sheet (below)
I dumped out a lot of the gems into the bin to make “water” for the fish. The variety of colors makes this really eye catching, and the gems are smooth and flattened, which makes them great for sensory exploration!
I kept it simple and just added the gems, but you could add other water themed things as well like fish rocks or fake plants, etc.
I printed and laminated the fish ABC cards and stuck them in the gems. You can bury them beneath the gems, stick them halfway out – it’s up to you!
I bury some flat so that my students have to dig around for them a bit. They love that!
I had this game set up for small groups – right now I am playing it with my kids who need some more time and practice to master those letters and sounds.
Depending on the time of year and the needs of my class, I may have it out as a literacy choice, parent volunteer center, etc. I think that about 3 kids at a time in the bin is ideal, unless you have a bigger bin!
Playing the Game
As soon as they saw it, they were ready to play! We reached in, grabbed a fish, and said the letter name and sound.
I also had my kids make up some words with that letter sound, depending on what level of challenge they needed.
Then, we hunted on the recording page for the matching bubble (matching upper and lowercase) and colored it in!
When we play in a small group setting we take turns grabbing a fish, but then we ALL color the corresponding bubble. We kept playing until all of those bubbles were filled in!
Download your Alphabet Game
Ready to fish for some letters? Grab your own copy of this fun game by clicking the yellow button below.
Then, for 500 (yes, 500!) pages of printable alphabet fun and games, the Alphabet Experts pack has you covered from A-Z!
More Alphabet Fun
Looking for more free printables and fun ideas to help your kids learn their ABC’s? Here are some of our favorites!
Watermelon Seed Alphabet Tracing Cards (The Letters of Literacy)