Playing alphabet games makes learning the alphabet even more fun. There are several games that can be played with alphabet cards. Try Go-Fish, Match Game or Spoons. Directions are below the cards.
Choose to play the games using either the upper or lower case letters. I recommend printing the cards on card stock paper for a firmer feel and so they won't be see-through. You can also laminate them if you wish. I recommend doing so. The cards will last longer for extended play.
Start slowly with the games. Young children may catch on quickly but make sure they fully understand the rules of play. Once the children understand how to play, typically, they will want to play over and over again.
How to Play Go-Fish:
This is a simple preschool game that young children catch on to fairly quickly. Make two copies of all the cards. Five cards are dealt to each player, or seven cards if there are four or fewer players.
The remaining cards are placed in a pile from which to draw.
The youngest player starts the game by asking another player if they have a particular letter. For example Tristan may ask, "Jon, do you have a B?" Tristan must have a card of the letter he requested. Jon must hand over a B if he has it. If he has none, Jon tells Tristan to "go fish," and Tristan draws a card from the pile and places it in his own hand. Then it is the next player's turn. When any player at any time has two cards that match, the cards must be placed face up in front of that player.
Play proceeds to the left. The game ends when one player runs out of cards. The player with the most pairs wins.
How to play Match Game:
This is the easiest of the alphabet games. Make two copies of the cards. Place the cards face down on a table. The youngest person starts first by turning two cards upright. If the cards match, they are placed face-up in front of the player. If there is no match the cards are placed face down in the same position as they were. Play continues to the left. The game ends when all matches are made. The person with the most pairs is the winner.
How to play Spoons:
The alphabet printables can be turned into a really good time with this game. Make four copies of the cards. Shuffle them and pass out four cards to each player. Place the rest of the cards in a pile near the dealer. Place spoons in the center of the table. There should be one less spoon than the number of players. (i.e. if you are playing with 5 people, you will need four spoons.)
The object of this alphabet game is to acquire all four cards of one letter. The dealer takes a card off of the pile. If it matches a card in his hand, he keeps the new card and passes another of his cards to the player on his left. If it doesn't match he passes the card itself to the player on his left. The player on the left does the same... keeps the card if he can use it or pass it on. The fun of this game is to go fast. As soon as the dealer passes a card, he takes another card and does the same, so that all players are eventually passing the cards quickly.
Once someone has acquired all four cards of the same letter, they remove a spoon from the center of the table. Usually a spoon will clang another while you are grabbing it, which makes all other players try to grab one too. The person without a spoon loses. Sometimes a spoon can be retrieved without noise and the game may continue for some time until someone else notices there is a spoon missing.
Some people play on... eliminating the player without a spoon and continuing on with one less spoon each round until there is a final winner. I prefer to keep the spoons the same and let everyone play every round. Prepare to hear a lot of laughing.