LEEP Racemats

By Kevin Fabris

August 31, 2017

5 - 10 Minutes, Easy ESL Games, easyeslgames.com, EFL, ESL, Fun, Game, Learn It, LEEP, phonics, Practice It, Racemat, Small Class, Some Materials Required, Young Learner

How to have an alphabet board game with LEEP Racemats

This alphabet board game is a great way to make learning to read phonetically a little more fun for teachers and students a like.  This is one of many ways we use our LEEP Racemats but as you can see in the video, not only do I play this game with students, I've also used it to teach my own children.

The Details About The Alphabet Board Game:

Here's How To Have An Alphabet Board Game

  1. Before playing I like to warm my students up by using the LEEP Racemat to sing the ABC Song with Alphabet Sounds.
  2. Have each player pick a small toy to use as their game piece.  
  3. Decide if you want to play on the upper or lowercase race track.  I usually recommend the lowercase letters because they are much more common in everyday reading.
  4. Tell your students that if you flip a coin and it lands on heads players get move one space.  If the coin lands on tails players move two spaces.
  5. As a player moves space to space they MUST say each letter's correct phonetic pronunciation followed by it's hinto word.  E.g. C c caterpillar, d d don't.
  6. Make sure you are modeling each letter for your students and repeating any pronunciation problems.
  7. The first player to make it all the way from A - Z wins.
  8. After completing one round, if your students are still engaged, switch which version of the alphabet you are using (e.g. Lowercase to Uppercase) and repeat.

Alphabet Board Game:

  • It's a great way to make learning to read interactive and fun.
  • It's one of our favorite ways to use the LEEP Racemat.
  • It's extremely easy to play and kids love it!

Have fun in class!