Halloween Costumes Get up and Move: Alphabet Sounds Game.

I’m always looking for more fun active ways to learn. My daughter for the most part can name beginning sounds. Although that doesn’t stop me from trying to find more ways to practice and expose her to the sounds letters make. The more practice and exposure the better, the quicker she can pick up on it and the easier reading will become for her.

My oldest daughters attention span being short and the fact I hate sitting for long periods of time I thought it’d be great to incorporate a cute costume theme Halloween alphabet sound game to get us moving, learning, and playing together. Something even my youngest can enjoy. That’s why I created this Halloween Costumes Get up and Move: Alphabet Sounds Game printable. After printing out I laminated everything for durability. I then round the edges when cutting out cards so they don’t poke my daughters hands.

Halloween Costumes Get up and Move: Alphabet Sounds Game Rules…

There is no winner or loser it is a cooperative game to learn and practice beginning sounds in a fun and active way.

Game Rules:
Place the cards in a bucket or in a pile and pick a card.

Costume cards: Whomever picks the card names the beginning sound and then all players are able to act out the card together.

Work Out Cards: Player that picks the card does as the card says.  For example if a player picks the card 10 jumping jacks they then do 10 jumping jacks.  Work out cards are used to make the game more active. All players can do the exercise if they chose.

A  airplane; arms out, jump then go down onto your belly. 
B  butterfly; elbows out jump and flap your elbows.
C  car; sit on your butt, arms in front pretending to drive a car.
D  duck; say quack quack and flap your elbows.
E  elephant; arm to your nose shake your head up and down.
F  fire truck; stand up lift up knees and arms to climb a ladder.
G  giraffe; arms above head stretch and stand on your tip toes.
H  hippo; stomp your feet as you march.
I  iguana; go to your hands and knees and crawl.  
J  jellyfish; move your arms as if they’re tentacles.
K  kite; pretend to fly a kite.  
L  ladybug; flap your arm three times then get down to your knees and crawl on the floor.
M  monkey; jump up and down making monkey noises.
N  narwhal
; put hand to head to be a horn and pretend swim.
O  ostrich
; kick one foot out then the other several times.  
P  pig; lay down on your back and pretend to roll in the mud.   
Q  quail; run nodding your head as if your looking for worms.
R  rabbit; hop around.  
S  spider; sway back and forth as if swinging from a web.   
T  train
; say choo choo and run around. 
U  unicorn
; hand on head like a horn and gallop like a horse.  
V  volcano
; arms above head and shake them as if exploding.  
W  whale
; pretend to swim.
X  xylophone; play the pretend xylophone.
Y  yoyo; pretend to play with a yoyo.  
Z  zebra; take a few steps and do a little jump.

My oldest daughter helped me come up with most of the exercises for the costume cards. To be honest though when we play she usually decides on spot what to do and switches the movement with her mood during game play. It’s really about having fun, being active, using their imagination all while learning and or practicing letter sounds. My daughter retains info and sticks with something the most when she’s able to put her own spin on it and just enjoy the game.

R is for Rabbit
R is for Rabbit

Whomever picks the card tends to decide what to do, and then we all act it out together after naming the beginning sound. If my oldest isn’t in the mood to name the sound, and just wants to act out the cards then I make the letter sound a few times say the letter and the word myself that way she can at least hear it.

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A book my daughters grandparents bought them that they both enjoy reading with me, it’s one of their top favorite Halloween books. It’s not often I can get them both to sit down at the same time and read with me, on occasion when I’m able to this is one of the books I read to them especially around Halloween time.

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My main focus with my oldest daughter when it came to the game was to work on listening to the letter sound not recognizing the visual letter therefore I omitted words when creating cards for the game I printed out for her. I provided two downloads one without words and other with words in case anyone wanted to focus on letter recognition as well as beginning sounds.

Thanks for stopping by LearningWithNanaHedgehog.com. Please keep in mind all printable activities and ideas are meant to be done under adult supervision and are for personal use only. I hope Halloween Costumes Get up and Move: Alphabet Sounds Game may make the process of learning letter sounds a little bit more enjoyable all awhile getting your kids up and moving and having fun.

If your looking for more Halloween inspired alphabet learning games click on image below for the free Save the Brains Zombie Theme Alphabet Game printable.

Build a Scarecrow: Alphabet Garden

I’m always trying to come up with more ways to reinforce letter sounds and alphabet recognition in ways that are fun and feel more game like rather than an actual learning lesson. I have been promising my oldest a garden themed game for awhile.

Build a Scarecrow: Alphabet Garden

Competitive play:

Whomever builds their scarecrow first wins.  Pick a card from the garden if it is a clothing piece for example a shirt pick out the colored shirt you want and place it on your scarecrow.

If a player chooses the seeds card then they get to pick two more cards from the garden. 

If a player chooses the crow card then they lose a clothing piece, if they do not have a clothing piece place the crow back into the garden.

If a player chooses a vegetable, fruit, plant, or flower card, place that card on the correct sorting mat to add additional learning fun.  Say the card out loud, name the beginning letter and sound.

Co-op Play:

Remove the crow and seed cards and instead focus on picking cards out of the garden and emphasizing on each beginning sound. Sort the vegetable, fruits, plants, and flowers onto their correct sorting mats. Every time a player gets a clothing piece place it on the scarecrow to build a scarecrow or scarecrows together.  (Depending on how many you choose to print out.)

Game cards in a old Halloween pumpkin bucket.

During game time we stick all of our garden cards inside of an old Halloween pumpkin bucket and pick from there. Originally I had planned on writing the letter of each playing card on the back of the card for a better visual of the beginning letter for my youngest. I forgot to do so before laminating all the cards, it still works because the picture side of the card does have the beginning letters and the written word on it.

When we start the game we stick all the playing cards into the bucket, and leave out all the scarecrow clothing pieces on a garden mat I made out of felt to go along with the game. As we pull out the scarecrow clothing cards from the bucket, we then leave those on the mat making it our discard pile, that way the pieces don’t end up back in the bucket.

Dress the scarecrow template. Without color for kids to color in themselves.

The image above is the scarecrow template I made. I printed it out and laminated the image. I cut the scarecrow out.

Scarecrow template colored and cut out, we made a total of three scarecrows.
Sorting mats.

I made 4 sorting mats to add to the learning fun.
-Plants and Flowers
-Fruits
-Vegetables
-Vegetables that are also Fruits

I have a hard time remembering the best ways to explain concepts to my daughters. Therefore I made brief definition sheets to cover key talking points during the game I could add in to add more educational value. The sheets explain what fruits, vegetables, plants, and flowers are, and also give brief description of each alphabet card organized within their categories (plants and flowers, fruits, vegetables, and vegetables that are fruits.)

Parts of a flower free printable towards bottom of page : )

I laminated the parts of the flower sheet for durability, I thought it was fitting to go along with everything else. A simple description of what the parts of a flower does, to go along with the garden theme.

The Alphabet Garden Bag I designed to go along with the game to eventually hold all mine and my daughter’s game pieces and fun definition sheets in. The Alphabet Garden bag is available to purchase at the Nana Hedgehog store on Redbubble.

I’ve been temporarily storing the pieces within a pocket folder, I’ve recently bought them in bulk for my oldest daughter to help stay organized for school. (I am a participant in Amazon Affiliates and any qualifying purchases through links I may earn a commission on at no extra cost to you.)

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