As I’m looking for ways for Little J to learn the alphabet, I came across this wonderful idea for an Alphabet Bingo game from Frugal Fun 4 Boys that I just had to try!
It’s such a simple activity and it’s definitely a fun way for your toddler to learn the alphabet!
Since Earth Day, I’ve felt very inspired to try to reuse items in the house before I toss them into the recycling bin. So for this activity, I found things around the house to use before going out and buying anything, if necessary.
In this post, I’ll show you simple steps to put this game together, including making the alphabet bingo cards from recycled cardboard boxes.
- Any type of cardboard box. I used a box of Baby Mum Mums because that’s what I had on hand
- A set of letters (we used magnetic letters, but you can use whatever you have on hand. You could even write the letters on pieces of papers and toss them in a bowl)
- Bingo markers. We used mini pompoms, but you can use legos, counting bears, pasta, even paint bingo markers. Again, use whatever you have on hand!
- Salad tosser (optional)
First, cut your cardboard box into small sized cards. the Baby Mum Mums box was the perfect size for the card, so I didn’t have to re-measure anything.
Then, using your ruler, measure and draw out your grid. I made 4 x 5 and 5 x 5 cards just to have some variety. If you’re using a 5 x 5 card, you can choose to have a free space in the middle – or not.
Randomly write letters on your grid.
That’s it! Your alphabet bingo cards are ready and you can start playing the game!
Dump the letters into your salad tosser and use it as a bingo “machine”. The idea is simply to get your kid to feel like they’re playing real bingo. If you have a bingo ball on hand, go ahead and use it!
After a few minutes of “tossing”, open up the lid and pick a random letter and call it out. Have your child look for the letter on their card!
I hope your kids will enjoy this game as much as we did!
- Looking for another literacy game to play with your toddler? Check out the 5 ways I use storytelling cards with my 2.5 year old!