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“Feed the Puppy” Alphabet Game

Learning the alphabet is an important first step on the road to reading. Our Feed the Puppy Alphabet Game helps kids practice the alphabet in a fun way. After all, who doesn’t love a cute puppy?

Feed the Puppy and Make Learning Fun!

Our free “Feed the Puppy” Alphabet Game download includes game box templates, alphabet card templates, instructions for creating your Feed the Puppy game, and tips for turning your game into a great learning experience. Ready to go?

Feed the Puppy Alphabet Game download 3-page spread

Instructions for “Feed the Puppy” Alphabet Game

  1. Print and cut out the puppy face pieces and the letter cards contained in this activity download. Laminate letter cards if desired.
  2. Cover a cereal box with colored paper. Glue the puppy face onto the covered cereal box.
  3. Carefully cut a slit to create the puppy’s mouth. Now it’s time to feed the puppy!

Playing with Your “Feed the Puppy” Alphabet Game

There are many ways to use our Feed the Puppy game to help your child learn the alphabet.

Feed the Puppy Alphabet Game on table

Is your child just learning the names of the letters? Spread out the cards and say the name of a letter. Have your child select the letter card and feed it to the puppy!

Is your child learning the sounds the letters make? Show him a card and have him say the sound the letter makes.

Preschooler playing alphabet game

Is your child ready for a new challenge? Use both sets of letter cards and your child can match uppercase and lowercase letters.

Preschooler matching letters

And of course, don’t forget to feed the matching sets to the puppy!

Preschooler feeding the puppy letters

Older children can be encouraged to use the letter cards to spell their names or short words.

Young child spelling 'mop'

Keep playing until your child gets tired or the puppy gets full … whichever comes first!

Can you think of other ways to use the “Feed the Puppy” Alphabet Game? Let us know in the comments below!

If your preschooler liked this activity, try our other letter recognition activities!

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Dawn

says:

This looks so fun!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Dawn!

Kaeli

says:

My 3-year-old loves this game and always asks to play it! It’s been a super helpful and fun way to teach him his letters!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Wonderful, Kaeli! I’m very pleased to hear that your little learner has been enjoying this game and learning letters. Thank you.

Ellie Adams

says:

This will be such a great addition to getting my preschooler wanting to learn more alongside my first grader!!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m glad this will be a good resource for your young learner, Ellie!

Christine B

says:

My littlest littles would love this!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hope your littles do love it, Christine!

Alicia

says:

This is the perfect activity to use in my class of 3 year olds and day care but also with my 5 year old at home! Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Alicia! It is a great activity.

Janne Patterson

says:

My son loves this game! And my daughter loves to be his teacher and help him out. Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Janne! I love that your daughter can enjoy the activity too by helping her brother.

Andrea

says:

This is such a perfect game for my 4 year old who is practicing his letter awareness! Thank you for sharing!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Andrea! I hope your 4-year-old has lots of fun with it.

Erin Steffen

says:

My son is going to love doing this activity! He loves feeding the monster, so I’m sure he’ll love feeding a puppy. Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Erin. The monster and the puppy are two of our most popular activities!

Lydia

says:

This is adorable, and looks so fun! Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Lydia!

Katie T

says:

I noticed on your placement tests for All About Reading 1 that you expect children to know the letter names—is there a reason for this? We are coming from a montessori background where letter names are not taught until after sounds are mastered.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great question, Katie! All About Reading teaches letter names because research shows that children that learn letter names, as well as letter sounds, have an easier time learning how to read. We discuss the reasons we teach letter names and provide sources to the research in our How to Teach the Alphabet to Preschoolers blog post.

It probably doesn’t matter if learning letter names is done before learning letter sounds, after learning letter sounds, or learned together with letter sounds. The Pre-reading level of All About Reading starts with letter names with capitals, then letter names with lowercase letters, and then teaches letter sounds, going through the alphabet three times over the course of the level.

Does this help? Let me know if you have further questions or need more information.

Angela Waldron

says:

This is so cute!

Jasmine

says:

My kid is a people pleaser. This activity would work for her.

Tonya S.

says:

This is a great way to introduce letters! We have been struggling with our 5 year old. I bet he would love letters with this aweaome resource!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hope this activity helps your child, Tonya, but we have many other Letter Knowledge activities and printables you may find helpful as well.

Amanda

says:

This is great for fine motor skills, too!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great point, Amanda! Thanks for mentioning it.

Suzan

says:

This has been THE best game for my 4 year old! We play it weekly. All About Learning thinks of it all!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I love that your 4-year-old is enjoying this game so much, Suzan!

Wendy Caccia

says:

My son got a kick out of this activity and others similar! It really made him excited to learn!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Glad to hear it, Wendy. I love that the puppy and other activities helped him to be excited about learning!

Samantha Wu

says:

creative

Angie S.

says:

I have used this puppy game with my kiddos and it is such a wonderful game to play with my preschoolers and kindergartners! We have used this game various times to teach letter sounds. The game never gets old.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I love that this simple game provides such wonderful long-term learning for your students, Angie!

vickijo martin

says:

“Please feed the puppy the letter that makes the first sound of the word mop” You could do other variations of this by asking them to feed the vowel sound or the last sound.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great idea, Vickijo! Yes, there are lots of ways to adapt this game for all kinds of review.

Rebekah Martin

says:

Thanks! What a fun way to learn letters!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Rebekah!

Doll

says:

I think this is a great learning resource that will allow the children to have fun while learning. I cant wait to use it in my classroom

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I hope your students have lots of fun with it, Doll!

Lorraine

says:

Love this idea. I can’t wait to try it with my kids.

Helen

says:

Thank you

Helen

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This is absolutely “Pawesome” :)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Helen! ?

Crystal

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My kiddos are loving their new very hungry puppy. Great way to start letter recognition skills and to be able to use this later on with building words for puppy eat.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thanks for letting us know that your kids are enjoying feeding the puppy, Crystal! ?

Margater Mohr

says:

Love the ABC puppy game!!! My kiddos are always pretending they are dogs and cats!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

This brings back nostalgic memories for me, Margater. My now adult children loved to play “pets” with each other. ?

Agynhez

says:

Thank you Robin E. for this “Feed the puppy” I’ll use it tomorrow I’m sure they gonna love it…

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Did they love it, Agynhez? I hope they did. It’s a fun way to review. ?

Janice

says:

My granddaughter is four and wasn’t interested in any other learning activity until I showed her this. So, I downloaded it and am going to go to UPS and have the bones laminated tomorrow. She is excited! I am as well. She is living with us and being raised by her Daddy. We love her so much!. She loves animals, especially dogs. Hopefully she will learn a lot tomorrow!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I love that this game is so motivating for your granddaughter, Janice! Laminating the blank bones, as well as the printed ones, will allow you to use a wet or dry erase marker on them, so you can practice anything with feeding the puppy.

Sarah

says:

Can’t wait to try this!

Jennette

says:

All the kids want to help “feed the puppy” even my fourth grader. We also use the card for a matching game.