In an effort to expose my daughter to the alphabet in a fun, pressure-free way, I’ve been working to integrate it into our play. This week we have been learning about pets, so I made these ABC dog bones to feed our “pet” puppy!
As my daughter “feeds” them to the stuffed puppy, I say the letter name and she repeats it after me. Sometimes we look for a certain letter (she loves the letter “O”!), and other times we just pull whatever one is close. There is no real goal for this activity except to provide a fun way for us to talk about the letters.
We also used the bones to “sniff out” a letter. I would hide a few bones around the room and we would pretend to be dogs, sniffing around until we found a letter. Then, of course, we had to bark in excitement, and I would tell her the name of the letter. Then my sweet little puppy would take the bone to doggy bowl we’re using for pretend play (dollar store!).
Alphabet Puppy Game
I made the printable to include both upper and lowercase letters, so you could easily play a matching game with older kids or expand the dog bone hunt to involve finding the matching lowercase letter.
These could also be fun “dinosaur bones” to dig up from a sand box or other sensory bin!
Simply print the alphabet dog bones, cut them out, and play!
Written by Alicia