Magazine Alphabet Game
Turn your old celebrity mags into an educational scavenger hunt for your kids.
- Index cards
- Tape or white glue
- A stack of old magazines and catalogs:Pick periodicals with plenty of pictures. You don't want to hand them a copy of Mathematics Quarterly.
- Give your child a stack of index cards.
- Have him (or help him) write a letter of the alphabet on each card. Example: Write "A" on the top of one card, "B" on the next one, all the way to "Z."
- Hand him a stack of old magazines and catalogs.
- Tell him to flip through the pages and search for pictures that correspond to each letter of the alphabet. For example, for the letter "B," he can find a picture of a bottle.
- When he finds a pic, have him cut it out. (Parents should help younger kids wield the scissors.)
- Next, have him tape or glue the photo to the corresponding index card. So the picture of a car goes on the "C" index card.
- If your little one is learning how to write, ask him to spell out the word underneath the picture.
- Laminate the cards with clear contact paper so they don't get ruined by pudding, cheese, juice or any of the other goopy substances covering your household.
- Siblings can play this game and turn it into a race. See who can finish the whole alphabet first.
- Try it with words, too. Have your kids search for words that begin with each letter of the alphabet. For example, for "B" they can cut out the word "Brangelina." They can either find one word for each corresponding letter, or several to make the game last longer (thus giving mom more time to get dinner on the table).