Letter matching, sorting and spelling with Alpha-Bits


Alpha-Bits has teamed up with Really, Are You Serious? and provided cereal samples and a Little Free Library to be used in my community. No compensation has been received. All thoughts are my ours.

Sometimes, it’s cool to let your kids play with your food, right? It’s especially cool if they are getting their “learn on!”

Well, they can do just that with their Alpha-Bits cereal.

For the littles, ages 2-4: Give them a cup of the cereal and let them pour it out on their plate. Ask them to match up any of the same letters and put them together in a pile. 

Playing with Alpha-Bits

For the 5 year old, that isn’t quite spelling yet: Give them a serving of the cereal and have them sort the cereal into vowels and consonants. Once they have them sorted, have them eat the consonants first, then have them match all of the like vowels. 

For the 5+ kiddos, give them some cereal and challenge them. Ask them if they can spell anything they can see in the room they are in with the cereal they have in their container. If that’s too hard, give them some suggestions and see if they can spell them. Basic introductory works like Boo, Do and Are, or even harder like Chicken or Dinner. The possibilities are endless.

Spelling with Alpha-Bits

To continue the love of reading and spelling for our kids, we have them frequent the library. Alpha-Bits has teamed up with the Little Free Library. Libraries that are placed and run in the community where kids can drop off a book, or grab a new one. Even adults can add their books. And, of course, it looks adorable!

We will be installing a little library in our church’s preschool for the kids and teachers to have a library to go to when their schedule fits.

Little Free Library and Alpha-Bits

{source: Little Free Library}

Some fun literacy facts that you might not know:

  • As a schoolboy, Roald Dahl was a taste-tester for Cadbury’s chocolate. (Perhaps this was the inspiration for later writing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!) 
  • John Steinbeck’s original manuscript for Of Mice and Men was eaten by his dog, Toby. Steinbeck wrote to his agent about the incident, stating, “I was pretty mad, but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically.” 
  • To Kill a Mockingbird is the only novel authored by Harper Lee. 
  • Many people mistakenly think that the Monster in the novel Frankenstein is named Frankenstein. But, in fact, the Monster is never given a name in the novel. 
  • The original title for Where the Wild Things Are was Where the Wild Horses Are, and it would have featured horses instead of “things.” However, Maurice Sendak could not draw horses. When Sendak’s editor asked what he could draw, he replied, “things.” And “things” are exactly what ended up in the book! 
  • Green Eggs and Ham contains only 50 different words. Dr. Seuss wrote the book after a publisher challenged him to a bet, that he could not write a book with so few words. Needless to say, Dr. Seuss proved the publisher wrong.

Thank you to Maria for providing the pictures of the cereal:)

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  1. My boys and I actually used to play with out Alphabits all the time! I used to tell them that it was the only time they were allowed to play with their food LOL.

  2. I love the idea behind that library “house”. One thing I didn’t foresee with Alpha bits? Red was so excited that the cereal was letters, he was offended by the idea that he should EAT them. They were way too important to consume!

  3. What a fun and educational way to learn letters! I’ll have to try this with my son when he gets a little older!

  4. What a fun and educational way to learn letters! I’ll have to try this with my son when he gets a little older!

  5. I love alphabet cereal. My son is only now starting to play with it. It’s adorable!

  6. Thanks for this Alpha-Bits idea! We have eaten this cereal before but it’s been a while. Since we are working on letter recognition, I really need to start buying it again.

    Also, we just read Green Eggs and Ham today, and I’m not surprised it only has 50 words. It’s fun to read aloud though!

  7. This is a really cute idea. My daughter is learning letters now. Although, she would probably eat all of the cereal during the game!

  8. I love the idea about making a game out of Alpha Bits. Seeing how many works you can make out of your cereal is a fun way to snack.

  9. Love this IDEa! And I love the little libraries

  10. I love this idea. Giving them cereal and letting them play is a perfect learning tool 🙂

  11. I loved reading all the interesting facts about these stories! I love all the stories but it’s really cool to have an interesting tidbit to go along with it.

  12. What a fun idea! I love those free libraries. I wanted to do one at our house, but we live in a secluded area and no one would come out here.

  13. This really is a great way for little ones to learn and I think breakfast is the perfect time! We love Alpha Bits!

  14. I’ve never had that cereal. My grandkids eat cereal. I’ll have to get some for them.

  15. My son loves Alpha-Bits! We was always determined to spell his name in his spoon

  16. I love the interesting tic bits of info from such well known authors. I had no idea Sendek couldn’t draw horses. I love the things he made though!! Lol

  17. i love this idea. as long as the community works together to keep it running properly it’s a great way to promote reading

  18. I love how the wild things came about. What a cool bit of trivia! I’ve always thought spelling things with food was fun, by the way. 🙂

  19. I live way out in the boonies. We have a library 5 minutes away via car. This wouldnt work at my house but it would be a cute lawn ornament

  20. That’s fun info. Funny that Frankenstein didn’t have a name in the book!

  21. This is such a cute idea. My boys love Super Why! The little lessons they learn are so important.

  22. We use Alpha bit cereal for lessons ALL the time. We started with my daughter (who is now 12) and now my 5 yr old son uses it. It’s a game, he says the letter, the sound and a word that it starts with, then he can EAT IT! lol.

  23. I remember alphabits from when I was teaching. We always had a lesson using them.

  24. Thanks for the literary tips! I did not know that about Green Eggs and ham!

  25. Alpha bits are such a fun way to get kids excited about learning their letters! I love that little library too- what a great way to make lots of books accessible!

  26. What a great way to teach them letters and spelling. I always loved using my cereals when I was younger to do things like this.

  27. I love this idea. It gives new meaning to playing with your food but I could see it being a big hit in our house. I’ll have to try it soon.

  28. Kiddo used to love playing with his. Spelling out words as he scooped them up to eat them. I only know the tidbit about Dr. Seuss because he was a big deal where I’m from.

  29. I love the Little Libraries! There are lot of them in the area where my sister lives in Minneapolis. It’s just such a wonderful concept to help spread the joy of reading.

  30. I love that free library. My 2 yo about flipped out when he saw his favorite character from Super Why in your post.

  31. I need to get these boxes for my boys, they would love this. This would help my toddler with reading and making words.

  32. I always loved playing with my Alphabits! To this day it’s one of my fave cereals 🙂

  33. Jamie Gailbreath says:

    I teach K and this idea looks so fun!

  34. Very funny and also my child learn while playing. I like!

  35. shelly peterson says:

    The Little Fee Library is a great idea! My grandson would love this cereal. Perfect way for him to learn to spell why he eats.

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