Want a super fun way to practice learning the alphabet? Try these alphabet jumping games inspired by The Giant Jumperee (we were sent a copy for review). Get kids moving and jumping while practicing name recognition and letter skills. Use the free printable for alphabet learning at the table, too. Affiliate links are included in this post.
The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson
The Giant Jumperee was created by the amazing team of Julia Donaldson (author of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom) and Helen Oxenbury (illustrator of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt). They’ve joined forces for this adorable new book. The story begins with rabbit going home to his burrow when he find someone inside – The Giant Jumperee! The Giant Jumperee scares him away. One animal after another tries to get rid of the Giant Jumeree. No one succeeds (until the end of the story). Mama Frog comes to the burrow and hears, “I’m the GAINT JUMPEREE and you’re terrified of me!” Not scared one bit, she tells the Giant Jumperee to come out. And so he does. SPOILER ALERT: I quite like the surprise ending of the story. The baby frog is having fun while being a bit mischievous. Kids will love his character. My children giggle at the ending each time we read it. The two pages at the end of the book without any text tell their own story. All of the animals are laughing while Baby Frog is being dragged away by his mom. He has this little smile on his face that says he’s quite proud of himself.
In the picture below, Lily (age 3) has imagined what the Giant Jumperee looks like to all of the other animals – a big giant spider.
Alphabet Jumping Games
The Giant Jumperee inspired us to get jumping and learning our alphabet. I made a printable alphabet jumping game with letters on lily pads. I also added some larger, blank lily pads at the end of the printable so we can use the lily pads for jumping. Download the free printable here for your personal or classroom use only.
Use a toy frog or other jumping critter to practice letters. Call out a letter and jump to it. Name the letter you land on.
I cut out four of the larger lily pads and covered them with contact paper. I wrote the letters of Lily’s name on the lily pads. We headed outside for some jumping games to practice her name.
First she lined up the lily pads and spelled out her name using a toy frog to jump from letter to letter.
Next, she frog jumped from letter to letter. We practiced saying the letters in her name each time she jumped.
See the alphabet jumping game in action.
More Alphabet Learning Activities
ABCs and 123s is a collaboration of several kid bloggers (including me). It has 40+ hands-on play ideas that will help your child build letter and math skills. The literacy and math activities incorporate play, imagination, science, sensory, and art.
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