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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 graphic

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, why don’t you try our other letter recognition activities, too?

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Patrice C

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I love this set! I will be using the blank bones for math activities. I will use flashcards and have each child pick a card and feed the puppy the number of bones that correspond with the flashcard, I may even start the older children with simple math problems or skip counting using this set. So excited to add this to our math and literacy centers. Thank you!

Maria

says:

Great game!!!

Amanda

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This is fabulous! My littles will love this for letters and I think it will be perfect for sight words as well! Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are welcome, Amanda. I hope you have lots of fun with it!

Sherry

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Love All About Spelling! This looks like a fun activity. Going to use it for math facts. :) Thanks

Kara Haakenson

says:

Fabulous learning game! My four year old is loving his learning time with ZigZag and feeding letters to the puppy!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thanks for letting us know that this game is such a hit, Kara!

Michelle Drake

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My kiddos love to feed our real dog, and I think they will enjoy this fun learning activity! Thanks for sharing.

I am going to try this activity with my kinders who are struggling to learn to identify letters and sounds.

Decia Newby

says:

This is cute! My younger kids are going to love it! Thanks!

Christine

says:

Brilliant ideas

Lavern Hollis

says:

Thank you. I have been searching for some fun free games on alphabet recognition. Thank you again for this great freebie.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Lavern,
You’re welcome. Just in case you haven’t seen them, we have a lot of other letter recognition activity downloads too.

Kay

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Thank you for all of the freebies! The articles are great and spot on! (No pun intended to your puppy game!) You have such creativity!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are welcome, Kay. And we don’t mind puns. ;)

Zer

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What a great way to get little ones involved!

Cass

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As soon as I saw this game, I knew I had to get it for my 4-year-old child. It was easy to print, with options for both color and b/w. I made it into a file-folder game to make storage easy. He asks to play it daily, and we are getting in so much practice with letter sounds and CVC words. I also shared it with some of my other homeschooling friends, and their kids loved it, too! Way to go — this one was out of the park!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for the review, Cass! It’s great to hear how well loved this game is.

Loreen G

says:

I really love how you offer so many ideas and activities to supplement the curriculum. I’ve gotten so many great ideas and helpful information over the years from you. Thank you! I can’t wait to play this game with my granddaughter :)

Tina

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My 3 year old will love playing this game! We have just started some preschool activities with him using the pre-reading program and this will fit in quite nicely.

Rachel

says:

This is so cute!!

Cherie

says:

All about Spelling is awesome! This Feed the Puppy game looks like the perfect starter for my youngest!

Stacy G

says:

What a fun game! Thank you for sharing!

Bev

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We did this with feed the monster from AAR 1 last year. My daughter colored the page and cut it out and we pasted it to a partially cut out cereal box. Then, whenever we wanted to practice frequency words, we’d feed the monster!

Betsy E

says:

I need to get some ink so I can make this!

Tamra Cox

says:

This looks like so much fun! I love how it can be adapted to a range of ages! Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Tamra! Have fun!

We loved putting this together and playing a learning game! Even our 13 year old enjoyed it! We added the “phonetic alphabet” (alhpa, bravo, charlie etc) to the mix for the older ones .

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Ooo, what a great way to make it a family game! Thanks for sharing this idea.

Kelly

says:

Love all these creative ideas

Jennifer

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My 4-year-old really enjoyed helping make his puppy and feeding it the letters!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Yeah! A satisfied learner! Thanks for letting us know your little one has enjoyed this.

Jennifer Rush

says:

Great idea, I will have to do this with my son he would love it!

kelly thompson

says:

this learning game is adorable and I bet all three nof my kiddos will really love this

Cyndi

says:

This is so adorable, my dd would have loved this when she was learning the alphabet :)

Carmen

says:

Looks great!!!

Sarah Phillips

says:

My youngest son loves puppies. This would be great for him!

Shelley

says:

I love this thank you so much for sharing. I plan to make one for my grand daughter she’s 3 1/2 years old and will be learning her letters soon.

Heidi Burgos

says:

Love this for my daughter.

Danielle Coleman

says:

This looks like such a fun way to entertain my youngest while working on homeschooling activities with my older child. Thanks!

kendra

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Thanks for the chance to win- it would be a blessing!

Kyla Amos

says:

What a super cute idea!! I’m so glad other people are more creative than I am ;)

Brandi

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My daughter loves dogs and would love this game, but is beyond that point. It would be great for reviewing vowel teams. Do you have a sheet with blank bones to customize the game?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Brandi,
A blank page of doggie bones is a great idea! We’ll get our person right on that, but it may be Monday before the pdf download on this page is updated with it. I’ll email you when we get it up. Thanks for the idea!

Brandi

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This is what I love about this program, not only is it a great program but it’s not about selling books, it is about truly helping kids excel. I am homeschooling 3 kids, I have used this for all three and every time I have has a question I have received replies with numerous ideas and new ways to help my kid who is struggling. Thanks!

Misty

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I thought this was a great idea for reviewing more advanced concepts as well.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Misty and Brandi,
The “Feed the Puppy” download has been updated with pages of blank bone cards. Have fun!

Rebecca Miller

says:

Thank you so much…My little guy is so excited to start using this fun interactive game.

Shonnon R

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My boys love dogs so I’m sure they will like this game. Thank you for the download.

Chamir Lawson

says:

Thanks! I love finding new and exciting educational games with my children!

Dana

says:

I can’t wait to play this game with my daughter. She loves puppies! Thanks for the free game!

Kristine

says:

Love AAS. My daughter is partway through AAS2

Amy Krohn

says:

Nice idea!

Elizabeth H

says:

Awesome!! Thank you for this download.

Laura

says:

This is such a cute idea! We’ve been using AAS since we first started homeschooling 4 years ago. We love the program & find the additional downloadable activity packs All About Learning Press provides helpful for reinforcement.

Kendra Nicholson

says:

Thank you for all your amazing curriculum!

Hayley

says:

Thanks for providing fun and educational resources.

Christine

says:

Love this !

Sarah

says:

What a cute & great idea..

CJ Kelly

says:

I just shared this with three of our school’s teachers–they all thought this activity was adorable!

Jenny

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Thanks a lot! My son said: It’s Great!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jenny,
Tell your son that we are glad to hear he likes it!

Claudia

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Another question Robin,
When you teach the alphabet to kids, do you teach just the ‘long vowel’ sounds? and, do you differentiate between the “a” we read in print and the other round ‘a’ we actually teach them to ‘write’?
Thank you very much!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Claudia,
In our Pre-reading level we teach the name of the letters, which for the vowels is the same as the long vowel sound of course. When we teach the letter sounds, we begin with just the first sound of each letter, which for the vowels are the short sounds, ă, ĕ, ĭ, ŏ, and ŭ, as in the words apple, elephant, itchy, otter, and umbrella. After students have mastered how to read beginning words, such as words with consonant-vowel-consonant, consonant-vowel-consonant-consonant, and consonant-consonant-vowel-consonant pattern, then we introduce the other letter sounds including all the vowel sounds.

For the letter a (and g as well), we use the typical a and g used in printed books. All About Reading does not teach handwriting, so we want to have the student accustom how they will see the letters in print. If you are teaching handwriting along with reading, you would probably want to introduce both forms at once.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have more questions!

Claudia

says:

Great and fun game!
How would you do something similar to a “teen” co-ed monolingual ESL ‘Literacy’ class? These kind of adolescent students LOVE to have FUN love me kids, due to the fact that it ‘unleash’ the frustration or the pain of embarrassing themselves when learning the alphabet (they use a complete other script system). If I decide on activities as great as this “FEED THE PUPPY” they would feel absolutely humiliated, though I know this is something they absolutely need to use to learn. This game is fun and EFFECTIVE.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Claudia,
I think you could make this work with something way more active, such as playing “snowball”. Here is a link, but the general idea would be you would tape letters up on the wall (or if you had a large chalkboard or whiteboard you could just write them up there) and the students throw wadded up paper “snowballs” and have to say the name of the letter they hit closest to, or it’s sound, or whatever. The teens I know what get a kick out of a game like that.

Another game idea for older learners would be to pair off and play tic tac toe. Each pair get nine index cards with nine letters they need to work on, and they arrange them in a face down three by three grid. On a player’s turn, he would turn over a card and have to say the letter’s sound or name (whichever you want them to practice). If they are correct, they get to place a token on it (a coin, a piece of paper with their initial on it, something). If they are incorrect, the card is turned back over. The first to get three in a row wins.

I hope this gives you a starting point to come up with more ideas, although if you need more let me know and I can do some searching.

Danielle Hudson

says:

Love this game!! You could also put the puppy face on a paper bag. It would fold up for storage. Love AAR!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

What a great adaptation, Danielle! Thanks for mentioning it.

Heather A.

says:

Love AAL Press! We are just starting AAS2 and AAR3. My daughter has done very well and I am very happy with it. She loved the games, especially the “Feed the …” games. Everytime those came up in lessons, we would be doing that one for days. Thanks for such a fantastic LA curriculum!!

Lauren

says:

What a fun game!

Carrie Phillips

says:

This looks like a fun game!

Kyra

says:

This would be so helpful for my son and brothers.

Courtney

says:

Oh my goodness this is a cute game!

Judi Phillips

says:

This looks fabulous!

Emily

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This is going to be a great game for both my boys (ages 6 and almost 4). Especially since the older girls are wanting to teach them school now. What a great way for them to work together and have fun too!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great idea, Emily! This game would be a fun way for older kids to play “teacher” with younger kids.

Laura Imlach

says:

This looks fantastic! I’m going to put this together using your easy-to-follow instructions and use with my pre-readers!! THANK YOU!

Maria Surratt

says:

We flew through level one and are anxious for level 2. Thanks for your give aways!

Iryna Kenneth

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I would love to try this new phonics game with my preschool daughter! The most effective learning happens through fun activities! Thank you for this idea and many more to come! :)

Laurel Sanders

says:

What a fun idea! Thank you!

Faye Yarbrough

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Feed the Puppy seems very intersting and can’t wait to try it out with my children. Also, would love to try All about Spelling curriculum. Would LOVE to win to be able to try it with my 3, especially with my HF autistic. Thank you for this chance.

Pam

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Wonderful idea! I made my own “feed the pet” a few years agol with my daughter but made a cat and the alphabet on fish! As an Orton-Gillingham tutor, I could use this but with a selection of words with different special sounds (one word per bone, but have sets of different words with digraphs, vowel teams, etc). The student could feed the puppy according to the special sound I say. As the student feeds the puppy, they identify the special sound within the word.

Audra

says:

This is such a cute idea. My kindergartner loves dogs, so I’m going to use this for him to learn his sight words. Thank you so much!

Carolyn B.

says:

Anything with Baby animals is a winner with my AAR son. Great idea! Thanks!

Kimberley Price

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This is a very cute game I think my little 4 year old daughter would love it.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kimberley,
When I first saw this game, I wished I had a preschooler or kindergartner in the house to play it with! Enjoy it with your daughter for me, okay? :D

Kate

says:

This is so cute! We’ll really have fun with it!

Kelli

says:

This is great! Thank you!

Sarah

says:

My toddler would like this. Thanks!

Victoria

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1. I would call out the sound of the letter for my child to find. Then, they would have to say the letter and sound before feeding for reinforcement. 2. You can always pull out 2 or 3 letters and have them choose between those sounds for a pre-reader. 3. Sing the alphabet and find the letter to feed puppy. 4. Hide the bones around the room and as they find them they say the sound before feeding the puppy. (I could see my child with their stuffed puppy dog going around the house finding the bones too!)

Lissa

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Hiding the letters around the house…that’s a great idea for my little one who really needs to be moving! Thanks for the tip!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

These are great adaptations to this activity, Victoria. Thanks for sharing this!

Hope

says:

Adorable idea!

Diana

says:

I think I can actually this and the monster game with my class of 5-7 year olds in Classical Conversations. These would be great review games that boys and girls will love. I’ll just need to figure out what to feed each creature.

April S.

says:

My kids love these games! Great program!

Elizabeth Myles

says:

How fun!

Nichole Burke

says:

This is great. Thank you so much!

Lacy

says:

I love this cute idea!

Catherine Koechl

says:

This looks like fun! thanks!

Kelly victorino

says:

This looks like such a fun game thanks for the download!

Debi James

says:

Love this. I’m downloading it tonight!

Mayara

says:

We love All About Spelling Program!!!

Beth

says:

Will need to do this with my monster too

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Great idea, Beth!

In case anyone is wondering, you can download the template for a Feed the Monster activity at the bottom of this blog post.

Alexa

says:

This is great! My three year old son will love it. Thanks for the freebie!

Amy F.

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I’m going to try this with my 3 year old. I’m almost positive he will love it! Thank you!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Amy! I hope you have lots of fun with it.

Melissa

says:

Will try this with my son. Looks fun!

Sheila Conry

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We live AAS!

Cher

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This looks like a fun game to try with my kindergartener. Thank you.

Stacee

says:

Such a fantastic program!! Use it daily.

Jennifer g

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I’ve only used AAS with 2nd and 3rd graders so far, and we love it! Curious to see how it will be with littler ones.. :)

Jamie F

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I love All About Spelling

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