This fun magnetic letter alphabet I Spy game is a great way to get kids used to letters even when they are not ready to memorize them. The ability to match letter to letter is one of the first steps in being able to independently recognize the alphabet. I love this game for its simplicity and we will be using it often in the coming weeks and months to work on different skills.

magnetic letter alphabet i spy printable and activity

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Materials Needed for the Magnetic Letter I Spy game:

  • Magnetic letters
  • Magnetic Whiteboard

Gather your magnetic letters for a simple alphabet I Spy game! Customize it for names, specific letters or match uppercase letters to lowercase letters.

I absolutely adore the little circle magnet boards that are in the Target Dollar Spot right now. To use them off of the wall, you just need to remove the picture hanger from the back. You could do this activity with it hanging on the wall, but I love the portability of having it off the wall.

If you can’t get the circle magnet board, any magnetic surface will work. A refrigerator, magnetic white board or other magnetic board will be fine.

Gather your magnetic letters for a simple alphabet I Spy game! Customize it for names, specific letters or match uppercase letters to lowercase letters.

To start I divided up the letters of the alphabet onto two boards and also divided the alphabet cards. With a young learner, it is better to allow her to focus on fewer letters at a time.

Then, allow the child to select an alphabet card and find the matching letter on the board. We removed the letters as we found them.

Continue until all the letters have been found.

Gather your magnetic letters for a simple alphabet I Spy game! Customize it for names, specific letters or match uppercase letters to lowercase letters.

Extension ideas:

Select the letters for the child’s name and have them find the letters in order.

Match uppercase letter cards to lowercase magnetic letters or vice versa.

In the alphabet card download below, I also included numbers, so you could also use this activity to do a number I Spy.

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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4 Comments

  1. I love this idea. Do you have lowercase cards as well as uppercase and numbers?

    Thank you

  2. Kim,
    Where did you find your colorful magnet letters??? I love them and want to find some!

    Deebi27

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