This beginning letter scavenger hunt is such a fun way to work on learning letters and letter sounds. It’s super simple to set up and will keep kids interested for quite a while!
Beginning Letter Scavenger Hunt
All you need to start this letter scavenger hunt is a pile of letters and a container to hold them. Here is a list of suggestions of letter options starting with what we used:
- Milk caps – write one letter on each milk cap
- Paper – cut up squares of paper (or punch circles or other fun shapes)
- Letter magnets
- Letter puzzle pieces
- Craft sticks
- Foam shapes
- What else would you use?
How to Play
- Place all of your letters in a container. We used lowercase letters in a big bowl.
- Select a letter (just randomly draw one).
- Search for something that begins with that letter. Emphasize the letter sounds as you go.
For the letter d, we found a duck. Duck starts with /d/.
And s is for star. But it could have been b is for block.
Some of the letters are tricky. What’s the first word you think of that starts with the letter q? For us, it was quiet. Quiet can technically be found, but we didn’t want to stop there. After walking around the house, we eventually found a quilt!
E is for elephant of course. Notice I used a different color for the vowels. The consonants are blue and the vowels are red. Just an added piece of recognition here.
- Instead of drawing letters, you can call out letter sounds.
- After finding something that starts with the selected letter, write down the word of what was found.
- Start with an object and search for the letter that starts it.
- Work with ending letters or ending sounds. Try to find things that end with the selected letters or ending sounds.
More Letter Activities to Try
- Letter Sounds Race – Practice letter recognition and letter sounds with a fun game that gets kids moving.
- Find and Write Letter Scavenger Hunt – Turn letter writing into an awesome move and learn activity.
- Draw a Letter Matching Game – This one is great for practicing letter recognition. You can also use it to practice letter sounds and even writing.