Alphabet Spotting

Alphabet Spotting is a car trip game for children who can spell. Each game can take about 5 to 15 minutes, as they try to find objects starting with consecutive letters of the alphabet.

Age: Adults and older children

No. of players: 2 or more

Equipment: None

Time: 10 minutes+

Aim: The aim is to be the first player to find objects starting with the consecutive letters of the alphabet.

Alphabet Spotting is a traveling game suitable for children who can spell and recognise words. It helps build their spelling skills in a fun and enjoyable way, while helping the hours to disappear quickly on a long car trip.

1. Each player looks for an item (either inside or outside the car) beginning with the letter 'A'. You must look for an object rather than a word.

2. Once a player finds an item, they begin to look for an object with the next letter 'B' and so on until they finally get to 'Z'. For some of the harder letters ('Q', 'U', 'X' and 'Z'), you may choose to allow players to find words which merely contain the letter rather than starting with that letter. For example, they might find an aQuarium, a bUs, a siXty speed sign, or a puZzle.

3. This game can be played either individually, in teams (one person on each side of the car working together) or as a group, where everyone goes on to the next letter when any player finds an item.

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