Teach Through Games: Dr. Seuss Super Stretchy ABC Game

Teach Through Games: Dr. Seuss Super Stretchy ABC Game

Age level: Preschool, Early Elementary
Description: This game is similar to Twister, except kids are prompted to put different body parts on letters instead of colored circles. Kids are collecting letters as they go, but also trying to collect “foot prints” in order to discover the “secret letter.”
Modifications: I almost always heavily modify this game and simply use the alphabet mat. The entire game is too complicated for most of my students. I’ll lay out the mat, and then students have to follow directions to place different body parts on letter or pictures (depending on that child’s ability with letter recognition.) I frequently use it to work on LRFFC, so if a student puts their hand on the wagon, I may ask them to tell me the names of other vehicles, tell me the parts of a wagon, or tell me the function of the wagon. I also may have them name other words that start with the letter W.
Depending on the gross motor skills of the child, sometimes I only have them use their feet or their hands to place a body part on a letter. With other students, I will make it a bit sillier. For example, I may tell them to put their foot on the Z and their ear on the B. To mix it up, I may also tell them to “hop on the B” or “pat the J.” You can also work on tacting by the having the student describe the item they are touching through questions such as “What color is the train?” or “What do you do with a wagon?”
Skills: Listening skills, identifying feature/function/class, phonics, letter recognition, tacting, gross motor skills, recognizing left vs. right.
Pros: Kids typically enjoy playing with the mat, especially the physical component. The illustrations under each letter are Suessian, which is also attractive to most kids. It is extremely easy to modify this game to meet the needs of your student.
Cons: The game in it’s original form is pretty complex for many of the students I work with. It also takes a long time to reach the goal, and many students are not that motivated to find a “secret letter,” especially since it’s just in a box they could open on their own if they felt like it. Due to these two reasons, I rarely play it as designed.
Cost: $24.99 Should I buy this? Twenty-five bucks is a bit steep, especially if you’re just using the mat. That being said, the mat is highly durable. I’ve had it for about three years, carried it all over the city and used it with multiple kids. It’s also easy to clean. If you’re not willing to buy it, you could recreate it by printing out letters with images underneath and taping them down to the floor for kids to move to. It’d be time consuming, but it’d serve the same purpose as having the alphabet mat.
ABLLS: A9, A10, C5, C8, C9, C10, C17, C19, C37, C38, C39, C47, G4, G9, G13, G23, G24, G25, G26, H11, H12, H16, H17, H18, H40, Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4, Y5, Y19
VB-MAPP: Listener 5, Listener 6, Listener 8, LRFFC 9, LRFFC 10, Tact 11, Reading 12, Reading 13

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  1. As a homeschooling mom, I am always looking for games to help keep my children actively engaged in their learning. This one has been great for us! It is a lot of fun, gets the kids on their feet, and pairs well with our online curriculum.

    Definitely a good buy!