We had so much fun with this Rainbow Hop Letter Sounds Game! This life-size board game is a fantastic way to move and learn alphabet sounds and counting!
Evan still prefers to do learning activities that allow him to move (a lot) while learning. Even when we play table top games that use dice, he has to throw the dice across the room and run to see what number he rolled and then come back to the table. I thought it would be really fun if I could make a life-size board game that allowed Evan the chance to move his whole body while playing. That is how I came up with this move and learn letter sounds game!
Materials Needed to Make the Rainbow Hop Letter Sounds Game
Construction paper – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple – a couple of sheets of each color
Bowl or some other circle template
1. I used a cereal bowl to trace 2 circles on each sheet of paper. They just fit on the paper. I used 2 sheets of paper for each color, so I had 4 circles of each color. This was only 24 letters, so I didn’t have y and z. I could have made 2 more, but we didn’t have enough room without squishing the rainbow together even more than it already was. Next time, I will do this in another location where we have more room and I will add the remaining 2 letters.
2. Put one set of circles in rainbow order and repeat this 3 more times.
3. Write one letter on each circle. I chose to use lowercase letters because Evan needs more practice with them.
4. Lay the circles out on the floor in the shape of a rainbow.
How to play the Rainbow Hop Letter Sounds Game
The child should stand right in front of the letter “a” and toss the die (dice) to find out how many spaces to move. They can walk over each letter or hop like Evan did. Once, they have moved that many spaces, they should name the letter and tell you the sound it makes.
You can play this with more than one player as well. Evan had even more fun when he played against his dad!
We plan to play this again and again. It is quick and easy to pull out and play. Game time is only a few minutes, so it keeps Evan’s attention the whole time. It is such a great way to practice alphabet letter sounds and counting while moving!