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Alphabet Roulette

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Alphabet Roulette


By the end of the activity pupils will be able to:

·       pronounce the sound of the alphabet and give examples of words with that sound.

Target Language:

Any phonetic words

Time needed for preparation:

5 minutes

Time needed in class:

25 minutes


Year 1
Year 2

Language Focus:


Activity Use:


Pupil Task:

Group Work

Which learning institute:



Egg carton, letter cards, ping-pong ball

Procedure before class:

1.       Collect enough egg cartons for the number of groups.
2.       Prepare alphabet letter cards. There are 30 spaces in the egg carton so you can also add ‘ck’ ‘sh’, ‘ch’ and ‘ng’ phonemes to fill the box.
3.       Put a phoneme in empty space.  


Procedure in class:

1.       Give each group the egg carton with the letters inside and a ping-pong ball
2.       Students take turns to throw their ping-pong ball in the egg carton.
3.       Students say a word that contains the sound of the letter that the ball lands in, for example the ball lands on ‘p’ they can say ‘pan’ or if it lands on ‘sh’ they  can say fish.
4.       Students can get marks for every word they say correctly.


Follow Up:


Teacher says a phoneme and in groups students try to think of as many words as they can with that sound.


When using with stronger classes students can form sentences with the letters they land on for example if they land on ‘a’, ‘t’ and ‘b’ they can say ‘Ali bought a turtle.’


Picture cards can be used in place of letters and students name the picture they land in.



You can also use 5 cent coins instead of ping pong balls as they are easier to throw in the egg box.