Thursday, May 30, 2013

Alphabet Lollypop Game: Free Printables

 Since school is out I have been trying to come up with activities that are both educational AND especially FUN!!!!
I also have to think about coming up with things that are challenging to a preschooler and at the same time a second grader!
Here is what I came up with, The Alphabet Lollypop Game!
It can be played many different ways! AND the best part is I have it ready for you to print out for FREE!!!!

What you will need:
  • 4 pieces of card white stock paper
  • 4 pieces of regular paper
  • 26 Popsicle sticks cut in half
  • a pair of scissors
  • Markers/colored pencils
  • hot glue gun
  • Mod Podge *Optional
When printing the Lollypop backings to the game you have to use a thicker paper! I used what I had on hand, which was watercolor paper but you can buy thick card stock from the store. You will need to print 4 of the Lollypop backing paper to have enough for the 52 alphabet circles!
The Alphabet circles can be printed on regular paper!
Once everything is printed, let your kids have fun coloring in the Lollypop backing!
My kids and I loved this part and we got very creative with the swirls!

*TIP* when playing memory your kids could memorize what color backing is with what letter in the Alphabet... however, since there are so many lollypops this could be a good thing and help the game not take so long for younger kids! If you are making this for older children, you might want to skip the coloring part of this and just print the backings on a brightly colored card stock paper! For my family, coloring in the lollypops is the way to go and they like playing with the pops they colored in!
 Now cut your Alphabet circles and lollypop backing circles out!
If your child is old enough, they can help!
Cut all of your 26 Popsicle sticks in half!
Next, hot glue the sticks to the lollypop backing!
  They are seriously cute!!! Your kids are going to love how they look with the sticks!
 Now, hot glue the Alphabet circles to the other side! I would just say, be carful doing this part because the lowercase u & n look the same. You may also get confused with lower case d, b, p, and q! Just make sure you glue them the right way!! =)
This next step is optional. I added Sparkle Mod Podge to add a little shine and to help seal them to make them sturdier for many hours of play!
Paint one side with Mod Podge. Let it dry for about 15 minutes.
Then, paint the other side and let dry!
Now your Lollypops are ready for playtime!
I came up with a few games to play with the Alphabet Lollypops. They are more corporative because I have been working with my kids A LOT lately on getting along!
One way to play, of course, is memory. This is where you find the match of the capital with the lower case letters! However, instead of playing teams.... we worked together to find the match and still take turns in picking! Another thing to add to this is have your kids come up with a word for the letter they find the match to.... then have older kids help spell out the words!

Another thing you can play is pull out all of just the capital letter pops. Then work together picking in turns until you come up with the alphabet in order. Then try to find the alphabet backwards!!

Another, more active, way to play with the Alphabet lollypops would be to pull out the hard letters like V, Q, X, Y, and Z. Then spread the lollypops face down on the floor! Have your children each choose a letter pop! Give them each a minute to look at them and think (this is where you can give younger kids suggestions).... Then count down to start the timer.
Three, Two, One...... have them run around the house to find an object that starts with their letter! They have to ALL get back before the timer stops so once the older kids find an object, they can help out the younger ones so they can get back and the time can stop!
OR, you can pick the letter and have them work together to EACH come back with something that starts with the letter.... For Example, my kids got the letter F. They ran away for a second and quickly ran back and put their arms around each other. Brenden said, "she brought her Foot and I brought a Friend!!!"
This was Really fun!
We even did it during little brothers nap time. Part of the rules was to be as QUICK & QUIET as possible and if they made a loud noise I would add 5 seconds to their time!
Record the times and tell them their fastest time at the end of the game!

After trying out these games ask your kids what else they could do with them!!!
Have them get creative with it!
These are so fun, the sky's the limit with the games you can play!!!
Comment below if you come up with something fun to play with your Alphabet Lollypops!

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