Peek-a-Boo is a childhood favorite, which makes it the perfect addition to a preschool classroom. This time, the letters get to play peek-a-boo! With this activity, students practice their ABCs with these interactive letter cards. Much more fun than conventional flashcards, these peek-a-boo ABC games will be the talk of circle time!
Emergent readers need a lot of practice with recognizing their ABCs. Each letter has its own unique set of connecting lines and curves. Distinguishing one letter from the next is integral when learning to read and write.
When presenting letters in a peek-a-boo fashion, students practice:
- Letter Recognition – Knowing the letters of the alphabet is the keystone of reading and writing. Daily practice and exposure to the alphabet are integral for an emergent reader.
- Critical Thinking – In preschool, critical thinking is the ability to connect ideas and think clearly. These games will challenge students to connect what they know about the letters of the alphabet (i.e., the letter T is made up of straight lines), the initial sounds of words shown in pictures, and the peeking portion of the letters to make an educated guess.
- Social Skills – Behaviors like taking turns and being patient can be challenging for the youngest learners. Presenting activities that offer repeated steps, such as the same “game” with a different letter, allows the class to practice patience while their peers have a turn.
How-To Use the Peek-a-Boo ABC Games
Available in twelve different themes, students can use these peek-a-boo ABC sets throughout the year. Versatile and quick to assemble, they will become a student favorite.
- Print all pages and cut them apart.
- Paste the cover page on a 6″ x 9″ envelope.
- Cut out the holes on the cover page so that it goes through the top layer of the envelope.
- Insert a letter page. The picture and a portion of the letter will show through the cutouts.
- Show the envelope to the class. Students use their knowledge of letter formation to guess what letter is inside the envelope.
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