This shamrock roll and cover letter sounds activity will make learning letters a fun, hands-on experience this St. Patrick’s Day! It is perfect for literacy centers and kids in preschool and kindergarten. So if you are looking for an engaging St. Patrick’s Day alphabet game for the kids to play, keep reading!
Make sure you also check out this St. Patrick’s Day roll and cover number activity!
We are really loving the roll, cover and write mats! The kids are enjoying them so much and so many of you have downloaded them and sent emails telling me how much your kids have enjoyed them, so I am going to keep them coming.
Benefits of the Shamrock Roll and Cover Mats
They cover a variety of math and literacy skills while also being differentiated to the needs of learners at a variety of levels of ability.
Here are some of the skills covered while using the letter sounds version:
Literacy skills – Letter recognition, letter sounds, beginning sounds recognition, writing uppercase and lowercase letters.
The shamrock roll and cover mats include all of the letters in the alphabet. There are uppercase tracing letters, lowercase tracing letters and handwriting lines for children who have moved beyond tracing and just need to practice writing the letters on their own.
Not only is this a fun way to develop these very important literacy skills, but is also hands-on and engaging for young kids who often lose interest quickly. So ditch the flashcards and try an alphabet game!
Setting up the St. Patrick’s Day Roll and Cover Mats
I created these shamrock roll and cover mats in a way that requires very few supplies and limits the amount of prep you need to do ahead of time.
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- Roll and Cover Mats (button to download at the bottom of this post)
- Foam blocks (to make alphabet dice)
- Pom poms, counting chips, gems or something else to use as manipulatives
- Dry-erase markers or wet erase markers
- Laminator and laminating pouches or Write and Wipe Pockets
Once you buy these supplies you will be able to use them over and over again for all of the roll and cover mats I make in the future.
- Make alphabet dice by writing one letter on each side of a foam block.
- Laminate the mats or slip them into write and wipe pockets. I have found that 5 mil laminating sheets work best if you want to use dry-erase markers on them. Otherwise it doesn’t come off. If all you have is 3 mil, then I would use wet erase markers instead. Overall, I prefer write and wipe pockets most.
Using the Shamrock Roll and Cover Mats this St. Patrick’s Day
Children will roll the alphabet dice. Then they will cover the corresponding beginning sound picture on the mat with some type of manipulative. In this case, we used rainbow mini erasers. Gold coins would also be perfect too!
Then they will write the letter or trace it, depending on which mats you are using.
This continues until all of the numbers or pictures have been covered on the mat.
The kids think these roll and cover mats are awesome! They actually enjoy learning letter sounds and practicing handwriting. Seriously, it shocked me how much they like these.
Give it a try and see if your kids feel the same way. I hope they love it just as much!