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Letter Scavenger Hunt

Magnifying with wooden alphabets around on the blue background.

Need a fun activity to help your child learn phonics?  Try this easy letter scavenger hunt game.

All you need is scissors, a paper plate, and a marker.

Step 1:  Turn your paper plate upside down.

Step 2:  Write the alphabet around the edge of the plate.

Step 3:  Cut slits in the plate between the letters to the center circle, about two inches in.

You are now ready to play.  Have your scavenger hunt in the house or outside.  Give the plate to your child.  When they find something that starts with a letter, they point it out, say the name, and fold back the correct letter tab.  Try to find as many as you can.  It’s not necessary to find something for every letter.

Learning phonics is an important part of learning to read.  It teaches kids the skills to be able to decode words they don’t know.

Need more phonics help?  Try these titles from Hoopla:

First Class Phonics: Book 1 by P. S. Quick (Part of the First Class Phonics series)

Cinderella (Part of the Fairy-Tale Phonics series)

Learn to Read with Phonics: Book 1 by Sally Ann Jones and Amanda Jones (Part of the Learn To Read with Phonics series)

My Gr Words by Sharon Coan (Part of the Targeted Phonics series)

Erin And Her New Pet: The Sound of short E by Joanne Meier and Bob Ostrom (Part of the Sounds of Phonics Series)

Music CD –Phonics by Nashville Kids Sound

Music CD – Advanced Phonics by Kim Mitzo Thompson and Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand


Starr Jones has worked as a librarian in Mahoning County for 19 years. She likes to read nonfiction books, especially biographies and books about science, social issues, cooking, and humor. She also likes fiction written by female authors. While she prefers hardcover books, she will read an eBook on occasion and likes to listen to audiobooks while multitasking. Her zen is shooting pool and watching the Great British Baking Show.