Letter Sounds Kaboom Alphabet Game

This letter sounds Kaboom Game is a fun and simple way to help reinforce letter sounds with kids. You only need craft sticks and a marker!

KABOOM alphabet game for learning letter sounds.

The other day, I came across this post from The Star Spangled Planner about a fun game called Kaboom. She uses it to work on math facts, sight words and a variety of more advanced concepts, but I thought it would be a great way to work on letter sounds with Evan.

Kaboom is super easy to prepare and play. My son really enjoyed it! It also lasts for as long as you want it to. It would be a great addition to a literacy center.

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How to Set Up This Alphabet Game

1. Write a letter on one end of each craft stick. I already had alphabet stickers on craft sticks so I just used those.

2. Take out a few additional craft sticks and Write “KABOOM” on one end of those. I used an orange marker to highlight the word. I recommend using 4 KABOOM sticks in addition to the 26 letter sticks.

Playing the Letter Sounds KABOOM Game

I put all of the sticks letter side down into the cup. This way we couldn’t see the letters or the sticks with “KABOOM” on them.

Pull a craft stick out of the cup and identify the letter

The first player will choose a stick from the cup. Then they will identify the letter by name and tell the sound the letter makes. This repeats for each person playing the game.

When a person draws a stick with “KABOOM” on it they have to put all their sticks back in the cup. This may seem a bit harsh, but it happens often enough that it will happen to each player at least once.

Pull a craft stick from the cup and tell the sound the letter makes

When we played the game, I set a timer and when it went off the person with the most sticks won. I think this would be a good way to do it in a classroom as well.

While we were playing the game, we also tried to name a word that started with the letter on each stick.  I help Evan come up with a word if he can’t think of one on his own. This isn’t necessary, but just another way to reinforce letter sounds while tying them to frequently used words.

When you pull a stick that says KABOOM, you have to put all of your sticks back.

There are so many other concepts you can reinforce with Kaboom. I will definitely use this game again!

Head over to my Alphabet Activities page for even more fun, hands-on letter learning ideas!

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