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The stand-up alphabet game is a fun activity for introducing or reviewing the lower-case alphabet and is suitable for higher grade Elementary and 1st grade Junior High classes. It gets the students thinking about the spacing and sizing of the letters.

Materials requiredEdit

  • None - just a genki atmosphere!


  • Draw the lower-case alphabet on the board between 3 lines, as shown.
Stand-up alphabet
  • Practise the standard alphabet song with the class so they can get used to the rhythm.
  • Now tell the kids they will sing the song again but with the following actions:
    • When a letter goes above the central line (b, d, f, h, k, l, t) they put their hands on their head
    • When it is sandwiched between the bottom two (a, c, e, i, m, n, o, r, s, u, v, w, x, z) they put their hands on their hips
    • When it goes below the bottom line (g, j, p, q, y) they touch the floor.
  • Start off slowly but make sure the kids sing along while they do the actions. Mistakes are funny so don't worry if they mess up.


The original idea for this game came from Team Taught Pizza

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