The alphabetic principle is essential to the success of young readers. Identifying letter names, learning formation and letter sounds can be done through a variety of games, printables and guided instruction. Phonics games are great way to practice the alphabetic principle including a phonics game that teaches beginning sounds.
After young readers having an understanding of their letter names they can begin to practice their sounds. As readers grow, in Pre-K and Kindergarten, it could be beneficial to teach multiple sounds together. One game that does just that is Alphabet Dominos.
This phonics game is easy to prepare and creates practice for beginning sounds in both small group and whole group settings. Simply divide the dominos evenly among the players and place the ‘start’ piece on a table or carpet.
Make the Most of the Phonics Game
Have the learners say the name of the picture and the sound it begins with. Then, the players determine the letter that makes the correct sound. If they have that letter have them place it on the domino train. Turn the domino train as needed to fit the surface that you are playing on until the final domino is played.
My learners in the classroom and my sweet guy at home love playing this game and enjoy watching the train grow. Alphabet dominos teaches and/or reviews letter identification, letter names, and letter sounds and can be played in 10-15 minutes which makes it a great choice for small group, RTI or literacy stations.
More Alphabet Games
You can grab our Winter Alphabet Dominos set to play with your young readers for free here. If you are looking for more alphabet games for your guided reading or literacy stations check out my Alphabet Bundle.