Most of us grow up learning to sing the alphabet to “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. When planning a recent intergenerational group on the alphabet, I purposefully avoided the standard and planned for lots of fun.
Most of the materials are from The Sounds of Emerging Literacy (Affiliate link) by Deana Register, Jane Hughes and Jayne Standley. For letters I used some printed letters along with Playskool cards I had purchased at a local store. The ideas are shared in no particular order.
The Alphabet Rap (page 56) – A great way to get all ages vocalizing and moving those hands.
Take a Letter from the Bag (page 28) – Again, you can set-up interactions by having a grandfriend hold the bag.
We’re Gonna March Around the Alphabet (page 151) – Grand parents were given a letter to hold. The children and I marched, tip-toed, slithered (and other assorted moves) around the circle stopping to name letters.
The singable book “A You’re Adorable by Martha Alexander (affiliate link) was a wonderful way to add a song from the grandfriends’ era to the group. Adults sang along. children added in the letters as they were able.