Are you stuck at home staring outside the window with a little one singing “rain rain go away”? This rain-themed alphabet game will certainly keep your preschooler entertained while waiting for the weather to become a little more pleasant. It can also be changed up several ways to cater for different ages.

Set It Up

For this activity you will need:



Small manipulative to cover letters

Optional: crayons or markers if you wish to color the letters in instead of covering them

Optional: laminator

Below are the supplies I use personally at home. After doing so many printable activities, I’ve found that it’s most helpful to always have these basic supplies on hand. 

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Start It Up

Print out either the color version or low-ink version of the alphabet mat.

Print out the accompanying letter cards and cut them apart.

For younger children, the simplest way to use the game would be for letter recognition. Have them pick a letter card from a stack or from a bag. Cover or color in the letter.

If they already know their letters, then you could work on alphabet sequencing and get them to cover or color in the letters in the right order.

For older children you could use it as spelling practice for words that you provide.

It’s quite a versatile printable as you can see. Mr. R enjoyed covering the letters in alphabetic sequence.

Pair It Up

  1. Keeping with the rain theme, you could follow this on with my Raindrops Counting Frames.

  2. If you want more letters and literacy activities, you can find them here.

  3. National Geographic’s Little Kids First Big Book of Weather is a great reference book. Your preschooler can learn about rain, the water cycle and even cyclones.

  4. Singing In The Rain by Tim Hopgood – This beautifully illustrated book celebrates rain and all its fun.