First and foremost, admittedly, Alhpaballs is a ridiculous name for an ESL game. However it’s pretty descriptive. This is a great activity to use in your baby classes. After you’ve taught your lessons phonic/alphabet targets use this game as a comprehension check.
All you need to do is fold a piece of paper into 6 squares.
Then use a crayon to write some of the letters you taught in the days lesson in those squares.
Next, rip the paper into 6 squares. It’s even more fun if you can the kids to do it for you.
Next, ask the students to crumple up the squares into little balls.
Then, throw all of the balls all over the room and then. Say “/d/, /d/,/d/” (the phonetic sound for the letter D). Show the class that you want them to open up the alphaballs and look for the letter D. It may take a second for the class to catch on but this ESL game is easy enough that they’ll catch on quickly. After they find the first phenom repeat until all of the alphaballs are picked up. Enjoy!