Download and enjoy this fun letter treasure hunt. Preschoolers & young readers race through the home/classroom as they discover objects that start with each letter of the alphabet in this cute alphabet scavenger hunt printable.
The alphabet is an important tool for learning to read and write. This alphabet scavenger hunt around the house (or classroom) is a fun way to help your child practice identifying letters from A to Z!
Letter Scavenger Hunt
Help your toddler and preschool child learn the alphabet a fun activity that not only uses review and repetition, but gets them moving!
To get started you’ll want to make sure that you’ve reviewed the alphabet and all 26 letters with your child previously so there’s no frustration with the activity- nothing slows learning more than boredom or confusion.
How to Play
The goal of this game is for your child to identify all 26 letters in the alphabet. For each letter, they will need to find an object that starts with that letter sound around the house.
Once they find the object, they will need to identify which letter of the alphabet the object starts with so you can write it down.
To make sure things go smoothly, you might want to make sure there are some special items laid out or on display for letters like X, Y, and Z that might be harder to find. Items like a yarn ball for Y or a zebra stuffed animal for Z work well.
If your child is younger and identifying objects by their starting letter is difficult, work as a team to talk about the objects. You can say the name of the item, sound out the first sound/letter, then have your child repeat it back to you. Ex. “T-t-truck. Tuh, tuh, truck starts with the letter T.”
For an advanced version for older kids or emergent readers, you can even set a timer or create a time limit. Make it a race between two kids and see who can do the letter treasure hunt the fastest and get the most letters correct. You can even award points of items that are not duplicates. For example, one person got a ball and one person got a baby for the letter B. The winner gets the most points.
When all 26 letters have been found and identified, review the objects and letters with your child again. You can even talk about what sound each letter makes and how that sound is different from other letters.
ABC Scavenger Hunt Ideas
If you need ideas for ABC objects around the home, take a look at this list of ideas for each letter of the alphabet.
A: Apple, Animals, Arrow, Airplane
B: Ball, Barbie, Blocks, Book, Baby, Banana
C: Car, Cat, Crayon, Circle
D: Dog, Doll, Desk, Dress, Dinosaur, Dice
E: Envelope, Egg, Eyes, Ears, Elephant, Elf
F: Flower, Flashlight, Flag, Firetruck, Fork, Feather
G: Game, Glove, Girl, Gift, Guitar, Green, Glue
H: Hat, Heart, Hammer, Hairbrush
I: Ice, Insect, Ice Cream
J: Jacket, Jar, Jet, Jewel
K: Key, Kite, Kitchen, Keyboard, Ketchup, Knot
L: LEGO, Light, Legs, Lemon, Leaf
M: Mail, Marker, Milk, Man, Map, Money
N: Number 9, Napkin, Notebook, Nose, Nut, Nail, Necklace
O: Orange, OREOs, Octopus, Onion
P: Pillow, Pencil, Paper, Pan, Pig, Pizza
Q: Queen, Quarter, Quilt, Question Mark
R: Rock, Rainbow, Rug, Ribbon, Red
S: Snake, Shoe, Sock, Sun, Seeds
T: Towel, Truck, Turtle, Tape, Tea Cup, Tiger
U: Umbrella, Uno, Underwear, Unicorn, Uniform
V: Vegetable, Vine, Vase, Volcano, Vest
W: Washcloth, Water Bottle, Whistle, Whale, Watermelon
X: BoX, FoX, X-ray, Xylophone
Y: Yellow, Yo-Yo, Yarn, Yard, Yolk
Z: Zebra, Zipper, Zero, Zig-Zag
More Alphabet Ideas
For older learners, you can also use this opportunity to help your child practice their writing skills by having them trace the letters after finding the objects! You can include both uppercase letters and lowercase letters to trace.
Make a yummy lunch that features different letters of the alphabet such as ants on a log (celery, peanut butter, raisins), cheese and crackers, or animal crackers. Trader Joes has some fun graham cracker alphabet letter cookies. They are a perfect snack for letter recognition.
Get active with an alphabet hopscotch! Write down different letters on some construction paper or cardboard then lay them out in order on the ground. As you call out each letter, have your child hop on top of it.
Use post it notes. Label 26 post it notes, one with each letter of the alphabet. The kids have to go around the home or classroom and place one sticky note on an object that starts with that letter.
Have your child lay down on their stomach then call out different letters for them to find around the room and trace with their finger.
There are so many ways to play and learn with the alphabet- use your imagination!
Alphabet Scavenger Hunt Printable
To get started, print out this fun letter scavenger hunt printable. The Alphabet Scavenger Hunt PDF is a worksheet to list of all 26 letters on during the ABC treasure hunt.
This game is made to be played game indoors, but if the weather is nice you can set it up outdoors or even use the scavenger hunt in the car while you’re running errands to entertain the kids.
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More Scavenger Hunt Fun
Have fun and enjoy watching your child’s face light up when they’re able to find each item! If you’re looking for a scavenger hunt to practice colors, try this Rainbow Scavenger Hunt with your child. Pin to Pinterest.
Also enjoy this fun Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt set. Go for a drive or walk in your own neck of the woods as you discover different things found in your community. This set includes both a neighborhood treasure hunt checklist and 20 rhyming riddles and clues for a treasure hunt outdoors. Pin to Pinterest.
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