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Students of all ages love to play bingo: it’s quick to learn, requires no skill and the thrill of seeing your board fill up never gets old. The permission from your teacher to shout “BINGO” across the room is also pretty fun. This unicorn theme alphabet bingo pack is a fun and engaging way to help preschool students master their letters before starting kindergarten.
The Importance of Preschool Letter Recognition
Mastering the skill of recognizing all 26 letters in the English alphabet, both upper and lower case, is one of the big tasks facing any preschool teacher.
While you will always need to teach the mechanics of matching the letter to the sounds it makes, you need to find fun ways to teach letter recognition to help keep the essential repetition engaging.
By having your students play letter recognition games like ABC bingo, you give them opportunities to learn important social interactions like turn taking while also reinforcing the shapes and sounds of each letter.
How To Use Unicorn Alphabet Bingo
This ABC bingo pack comes with 4 readymade bingo boards with 25 squares on each one (Y and Z occupy the same space, so students can double on that square as needed).
Printing these as one per page should keep the font easy to read, and laminating them will allow you to reuse them multiple times. The letter cards contain each letter, both in upper and lowercase.
You can simply print these with your standard settings, and you’ll get 4 to a page, but if you’re printing multiple copies so students can play independently, you may want to print two pages to one physical page to make the playing cards smaller.
Fun Ways To Teach Letter Recognition
All students will be excited to play with this unicorn theme alphabet bingo game; the bright colors and cute pictures will make it a firm classroom favorite. Here’s some ideas to help get the most out of this letter recognition game:
Start with uppercase only – many preschool teachers start with uppercase letter recognition only because there is less variation in type fonts and handwriting about how these letters are written. Playing with just the uppercase letter cards to draw from reduces the playing time of this bingo game, and also removes any student confusion about what to do if both the uppercase and lowercase version of each letter is picked.
Play for three – a typical game of unicorn alphabet bingo ends when one player makes a line of five, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. However, this can be frustrating for preschool students who end without a line, so you can make a longer game by declaring the winner the person who makes three lines instead of just one.
Double lines – as your preschool students become more confident with their uppercase letter recognition, you can extend their learning by asking them to pick out the lowercase version of the letter they just heard and pile it on top. You could also play with all 52 cards and make it so that they can only call bingo when they have both the upper and lowercase version of each letter.