I love to take learning outside and so do my kids. We also love fun, hands-on activities so we created this Sidewalk Chalk Letter Sound Hide & Seek game. This activity was created with preschoolers and kindergartners in mind, but it can be adapted for older or younger children as well!
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Sidewalk Chalk Letter Sound Hide & Seek
There’s a classic Montessori activity in which students match objects to letter cards. My girls liked it, but my son always needed more movement in his school work. Thinking back on those days (he’s 10 now), this Letter Sound Hide & Seek activity would have been perfect for him!
How to Set up the Game
Next, write out the letters in chalk. We wrote each letter on an individual brick, but you could also just draw circles around each one. The idea is to create a space where animals of each letter sound belong.
Finally, hide the animals around your yard or playground. We hid them in plain sight.
How to Play Letter Sound Hide & Seek
Tell the kids the boundaries of the animals’ hiding area. Then, have them search for the animals.
As they find each one, help them decide what beginning letter sound it starts with and place the animal with the corresponding chalk letter on the ground.
RELATED RESOURCE: Beginning Sound Centers & Activities for Pre-K/Kindergarten
Extend the Activity
- Have your child copy or trace the letters – using chalk makes it fun!
- Take turns! Let your child hide the animals for you to find – and check that you place them next to the correct letters.
To include a toddler sibling in this activity, use animals large enough to be toddler safe. Spread the letters out a little further apart. After your older child has found and placed all the animals based on their beginning letter sounds, give the toddler a small bag or basket to go collect them. Help them name each animal as they pick it up.
Early Reader Version
For kids who are already starting to read you can write out the full animal name instead of just the first letter. You can also have the kids do all the chalk writing themselves.
I hope this beginning letter sound game gives you some active outside learning time this summer. Be sure to keep it playful and let your kids take the lead. Have fun!
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