While teaching Kindergarten, I created a character known to my wee ones as the Letter Monster. We would create him or her in various forms and play various games throughout the year. This character was a HUGE hit with my class, so I decided to make a Letter Monster with Sammy.
This Letter Monster was super simple to make and can be used for so many alphabet games for preschoolers. Here is how we made it, and some games we have been playing.
Materials needed for the letter monster alphabet games for preschoolers
Fabric Softener Box (or any cardboard box, really)
Paint (we used acrylic)
Buttons, stickers, pipe cleaners, or construction paper to decorate
Creating The Letter Monster
I hot glued the egg carton eyes on to the monster – and Sammy took it from there! He did all of the painting himself – I was so proud of myself (yep-myself) for not going over his paint myself. Silly – but this was a big step for me! He actually did a wonderful job. We did two coats – and then Sammy decided he wanted to paint the inside of The Letter Monsters mouth too.
Once everything was dry, we decorated! We used Pipe cleaners for eye lashes (I poked holes in the egg cartons with a pen tip, and Sammy thread the pipe cleaners through – Sammy loves pipe cleaners!), he glued on eyes (just with liquid white glue) and a nose. I stuck a tongue in too. We added Letter Stickers as well.
Playing Alphabet Games for Preschoolers with our Letter Monster
So far we have played 2 Alphabet Games with our Letter Monster.
- This monster (who was named ‘Monster’ … hmmm) is a very fussy gal. She will only eat items that are small enough to fit in her mouth AND that start with a certain letter. And she changes her mind all the time! Monster would only eat items that started with the sound ‘B’ (so Sammy found her a bus and some beads) – but then – suddenly – and rather rudely – Monster spit out these items saying she now only likes items that start with ‘S’ . Oh Hilarious! I tell you, having a preschooler is excellent for my self-esteem – makes me feel like a comedian!
- The second Alphabet Game for preschoolers we have been enjoying is ‘Hide the Object’. Someone hides an object inside Monsters mouth, and gives clues as to what that object is. The others guess. When I hid a Firetruck, I told Sammy it started with the sound “f” and has 4 wheels.
There are so many alphabet games that can be played with this Letter Monster. It was a fun character to have in the classroom, and will be a fun one to have at home too!
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