A fun, printable phonics game – match lower and uppercase letters and beginning sounds with our super cute Alphabots.
Learning to read and write is a process containing many moving parts, each of which takes time and plenty of practice to master. Developing phonemic awareness is one of these important moving parts.
What is phonemic awareness? It is the ability to identify and manipulate the sounds in words. These individual sounds are called phonemes. Also important is the ability to match a phoneme to its corresponding grapheme. A grapheme is the letter or small group of letters (e.g. /ai/ as in train and /igh/ as in night) that represent a sound.
More familiar to many of us is the term ‘phonics.’ Phonics is the process of teaching children to correlate sounds (phonemes) with their corresponding letters or letter groups.
Why play phonics games with early readers? Playing simple phonics games, such as this beginning sounds alphabet match, helps children to develop phonemic awareness and phonics skills.
Alphabot Beginning Sounds Match
You can print a copy of this free Alphabot alphabet game using the instructions provided below.
The game helps children identify phonemes (letter sounds) in the initial position of a word, and then match each phoneme (sound) to its corresponding graphemes (letters), both uppercase and lowercase.
Instructions for Play
First decide how many Alphabots your child will play with. The complete set of 26 alphabot (each robot has 3 parts) may be too many, depending upon the age and development of your child. You could start with the game cards that correspond to the letters of your child’s name, or choose just five to ten letters to explore each time you play. Mix up the pieces, displaying them face up on the table top.
Invite your child to choose one Alphabot body to begin. Ask them to tell you the name of the object shown on the Alphabot’s tummy screen. Ask them to tell you the beginning letter sound they can hear at the start of the word. Then invited them to find the corresponding Alphabot head (showing the uppercase letter) and feet (lowercase letter).
Continue matching the three body parts of each Alphabot until they are all complete.
Printing Your AlphaBOT Beginning Sounds Game
Click here to download: Alphabots Alphabet Matching Game. Save the PDF to your computer. Open the PDF and print the page you require. When printing, select “Fit to printable area” (or similar) to ensure the page fits with your printer type and local paper size (these have been created at A4 size). I suggest printing onto card stock or matte photo paper. Laminate the printed cards for durability.
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