Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Letters in Our Name Twister

I saw this twister idea earlier today... and wanted to play! Instead of playing outside, we brought the game inside since it was pretty hot. 

We practiced...
- letter names
- letter sounds
- relating letters to words that start with the same sounds
- directions
- moving our bodies
- identifying different body parts
- listening to and following directions
- giving simple directions

Materials Needed: colored cardstock, scissors, Sharpie, circle pattern (we made ours in MS Word), blank dice template.

1. Print out a circle for each letter in your child's name. We needed six.

2. Write a letter on each circle. Have your child tell you a word that starts with that letter. Draw a picture to represent that word (or cut a picture out of a magazine or print one off the computer).

3. Do this for each letter. Older kids can draw their own Twister cards.

4. Cut out the circles.

5. Use the scraps to make letter cards (simple version) or letter/direction dice (harder version).

Letter Card Version: Put letter cards in a bowl. Pick one out and say the letter and a body part. Child has to touch that letter with the particular body part ("Put your nose on letter A").

Dice Version: Create a set of dice using a blank template. Write alphabet letters from the child's name on one die and write body parts and directions (when necessary- ex. right hand) on the other dice. Have child roll the dice and then following the directions stated on the dice. Ex. one dice has an E, one dice says right ear... child has to put his right ear on the letter E.

Either way you do it... it is pretty funny. We played until we couldn't stretch any more and we fell down. It was fun to have my son issue directions to me when we switched turns. He was also more enthusiastic about playing because he got to choose the words that went on the dice. You could also make a giant board using all the letters of the alphabet and play with several kids. Our name version was more for just 1-2 people. You could also mix this up and add in lowercase letters for some letters and capital letters for the ones that come at the beginning of the child's name.

What are some other ways you've used Twister to have fun learning and communicating?


  1. I love this idea! Thank you for sharing it. If they come out well (like yours did), I'd consider laminating it to make it last longer. We'll see.

    I found this through a tweet from @NJBaby

  2. this is a fun fantastic idea. Up on my pintrest it goes!

  3. how fun is this!!! This is such a great idea!!!! :) I am trying to teach my daughter to spell her last name & this would be so FUN!!!

    Want to invite you to share on my weekly child centered linky party (open Sat night thru Thurs.) The Sunday Showcase -


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  5. What fun! We are having a sleep over tonight and I think a little fun learning will make it even better!

  6. Delightful!

    In a similar vein, with children who are learning to read, I have also traced 36 circles onto a cheap plastic dropcloth or tablecloth (6x6 grid) and written words on each circle--friends and family members' names, verbs (such as "eat"), objects with articles (ie "the cookie"), and prepositional phrases ("in the bathtub"). The child makes sentences by jumping on the circles in the order desired. (Then you can fold it up and store it easily!)

  7. Love this idea. I'm pinning it for ABC Day - Sept 8. Thanks! I love the fact that its so kinesthetic.


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