If you’re like me, you’re always looking for fun and creative ways to teach and review letter names. In particular, matching upper and lower case letters. Rainbow Letters Race to the Top is a letter identification game that meets all those requirements, and it’s here just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. The free printable offered at the end of this post means it’s crazy easy for teachers and parents to set up, too.
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I have a confession to make.
Rainbow Letters Race to the Top is not a new game on my blog.
One of my most popular posts features a rainbow themed race to the top game. I made it by cutting strips of colored paper in rainbow colors and gluing them to another piece of paper. Then I added dot stickers and wrote in the letters by hand. While I love the way it turned out, but it certainly took more than a few minutes (think closer to half an hour or more), for me to make enough copies for my small preschool class.
But don’t worry. I know your time is valuable. I’ve finally put together a printable, completely free, that is just for you. So you don’t have to spend any more than just a few minutes printing out this game for your preschoolers.
Rainbow Letters Race to the Top Letter Identification Game
The game is simple. And effective.
Print out the game boards and laminate them. Do the same with the dice, or just write the letters on a set of blank dice like these.
You will also need some sort of counters for the game pieces, like glass floral pebbles, small candies, or buttons.
Invite your preschooler to roll a dice and identify the letter. The dice have the lower case letters, while the game boards have the upper case letters, so once the letter on the dice is identified, the upper case letter must be matched on the game board. Continue until one letter has been rolled so many times that its collum is full and has reached the top.
This game can be played independently, or two children can compete with their letters by each rolling their own dice to see whose letter reaches the top first. Add more challenge by having each student roll until the game board is completely blacked out, giving tons of practice in letter identification!
Two Versions Offered
For your convenience, I’ve made two versions of this game. The first in the printable follows the same letter order as my phonics curriculum. This means that after every few weeks you have a game board to use to review the most recent letters you’ve taught.
Or, you can use the second set of game boards in the printable, where the letters are in alphabetical order. Either way, your preschooler will enjoy this fast paced letter identification game.
Get Your Free Letter Identification Game!
If you think your students or children will enjoy Rainbow Letters Race to the Top, you can get your free copy by clicking the giant red button below
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I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.