Alphabet What Doesn’t Belong?

Hi everyone!

Want your kiddos to work on identifying skills? Then this one is for you! “What doesn’t belong?” alphabet cards are great to build on letter identification and letter sound differentiation. This card activity can help your children problem solve which image does not ‘sound’ the same and identify which one does not belong.

This is perfect for getting your kiddos some hands-on practice with visual discrimination; which is an essential skill to have to learn to read, but helps them differentiate one object from another. It also helps kids ‘hear’ and think of which sounds start the ‘same’ or are ‘different’.

This book contains 26 alphabet (beginning sounds) ‘What Doesn’t Belong?’ cards and an additional card for the letter X (ending sound) is included. Each letter card has 3 coloured images next to an alphabetic letter on it that the kiddos are to use their skills to find out which of the 3 images do not correspond with the corresponding letter sound.

To prepare the alphabet cards for this activity: print, laminate them for durability and cut them along the dotted lines to separate them. You may use clothes pegs, counting cubes, bingo chips, lego or any other manipulative to place where the “wrong” picture (that does not belong).

Using pegs in particular for this activity, adds to their learning as it promotes fine motor muscle and coordination skills and aids in finger grip development, but any manipulative can be used.

For beginner kiddos, most of the images are easy to identify without any prompting, but it may be beneficial for you to first give some guidance. Maybe sound the letter so they can hear it, then point to each image and prompt them to guess the pictures or name the pictures for them. Then ask which does not “sound” like it would start with the alphabetic letter on that card.

For advanced kiddos, this activity would be very easy to complete on their own without much or any assistance. The activity can be further expanded though to expand learning opportunities. Ask the child to explain how they think the two remaining items are alike and how they think the ‘wrong’ one is different. This is great to encourage vocabulary and sentence building, by identifying and reasoning to complete the activity.

The great thing is that this activity can be done in a classroom setting, through distance learning or even out somewhere on the go. Pack the cards and some pegs/cubes etc into a little Ziploc bag in your purse or backpack and you’re set!

To download a free sample page, please click here.

To purchase the resource from my TpT store, click the image below.

I hope your kiddos enjoy this activity!

Happy teaching! 🙂

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