10 Ways to Use Alphabet Beads

Whatever age or stage your child is at, there are many wonderful ways to make the most of your alphabet beads, especially when it comes to developing ingredients for reading.

10 Ways to Use Alphabet Beads_ My Little Bookcase

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FREE PLAY

1. Teamed with a batch of string and some playdough, allow your child the opportunity to play freely with the alphabet beads. Let them find a way to touch, look and explore the letters in their own way. This will help them develop letter identification and recognition.

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ALPHABET/LETTER RECOGNITION

2. Match alphabet beads to the letters displayed on an alphabet chart.

Letter Matching_ 10 Ways to Use Alphabet Beads

3. Practise ordering and sequencing letters on a string.

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4. Identify where (and what) letter is missing in a sequence.

missing letter_10 Ways to Use Alphabet Beads

5. Play I Spy or sort and group letters that share similar features (e.g. ‘I spy a letter with a long tail’ or ‘I spy a short letter’).

Letter Grouping_10 Ways to Use Alphabet Beads

PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS

6. Take a lucky dip from the alphabet bead container and use the chosen letter to initiate an alphabet hunt.

Alphabet Hunt_ 10 Ways to Use Alphabet Beads

7. Use coloured alphabet beads to highlight specific sounds in a word (e.g. first sound, last sound etc.).

Identifying First Sounds_ 10 Ways to Use Alphabet Beads

8. Use beads, charms or pasta to separate parts of words (e.g. phonemes, syllables, base words).

Separating Parts of Words_ MLB shares 10 Ways to Use Alphabet Beads

APPLYING PHONICS, WORD BUILDING & READING STRATEGIES

9. Thread letters to build familiar words (e.g. sight words, theme words, favourite words, spelling words) or names of family and friends.

Beading Familiar Words_ 10 Ways to Use Alphabet Beads

10. Build your own words (VC, CVC, CCVC, CVCC words or even nonsense words etc.)

Building Words_ 10 Ways to Use Alphabet Beads

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