We have a bag full of stuffed felt letters I found at a garage sale a couple of years ago and couldn’t pass up. The letters are about 4 to 5 inches tall and are various colors.We love playing with the letters and making up fun ABC learning activities.
The girls pulled these letters out the other day and were pretending to deliver them to people. Of course these people were imaginary and the game mostly consisted of placing letters randomly around the house. Watching them I was struck by an idea. After Easter last year we spent many afternoons hiding colorful plastic eggs all over the house and finding them, why not letters?
The girls and I set to work gathering up the letters they had already spread around the house. Once we had rounded up all of them, the girls played around in my bedroom while I went to work hiding letters around the living and dining room.
We have talked a bit about camouflage lately so I made sure to hide some letters with things of similar colors. On a random side note aren’t my younger siblings good looking people? I think so.
Once the letters were hidden I released the hounds. Er, I mean, I let the girls out into the living room and the hunt for letters began.
For the next little bit Maddy and her Best Buddy Boo raced around the living room shouting “I found one” and “Here’s another letter Mom.” See even our Best Buddy Boo calls me mom, it’s a by product of watching her since before her first birthday. We’ll miss her so when she spreads her wings and enters the big world of preschool.
Once we found the letters, even the perfectly camouflaged Q, the girls dumped out their bags into piles on the floor. Maddy and her Best Buddy Boo took turns telling me which numbers they found, and counting out how many letters they each found.
Then we got started in round two of our Alphabet Hunt.
Even if you haven’t magically stumbled upon awesome stuffed fabric letters at a garage sale you can play this game at home too. Use wooden alphabet building blocks, note cards with letters written on them, letters cut out of pieces of felt or anything else you find in your house with the letters of the alphabet.
We have played this game several times in the last week and it hasn’t lost its appeal yet.