How to play this school readiness game – Going on a Picnic – to promote letter recognition.

For Back to School, we are sharing games that develop school readiness skills. This week's game is great for teaching preschoolers sound and letter recognition and taking turns. The Game of the Week is Going on a Picnic!

Group Size:  Any size

Age Group:  Pre K – Grades 5
Length of Activity:  10 minutes or more
Developmental Goal:  To learn everyone's name, memorization, sound and letter recognition, and to practice spelling
Equipment:  None

Before You Start: 

  • Have the whole group seated in circle.
  • Give an example of a food that begins with the same letters of your first name. 

How To Play: 

  • Explain to the group that they are all going on a picnic together and are all responsible for bringing a food item.
  • Each person is to bring a food that begins with the first letter of their first name.
  • Ask for a volunteer to go first. They are to say their name and what they are bringing to the picnic.
  • The next person, first introduces the person (and the person’s food choice) who just went then her/himself and her/his food.
  • The third person to go introduces the first two people and then himself and so on until everyone has gone.

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