Alphabet Musical Chairs


Adding some learning to a well loved game of musical chairs is a great way to make learning fun. I remember playing musical chairs as a child and it was so much fun. I find that the more people there are, the more exciting it is. It can also get very competitive. But my kids are young, so they only play for fun. In fact, while we were playing, my 5 year old let her younger sister grab the last chair. I thought it was very sweet of her. 

My children had a lot of fun with this activity. My kids love movement activities so I knew this would be a hit. We played it two times and they didn’t even realize they were learning! It is pretty simple to set up especially since you have all you need around the house. 

Since my 5 and 3 year olds are at different learning levels I put two different sets of letters on each chair for them. The letters on the top of the chair were for my 5 year old. I had her say the sound and name of the letter. The letters on the bottom of the chairs were for my 3 year old. I also had her say the sound and name of the letters.


Here’s how to do it:


  • 6 or more chairs or stools
  • Index cards or paper cut into squares
  • Pen
  • Tape
  • Music (I used spotify on my phone)


Step 1: Write a letter on each index card. (One index card for each chair.)

Step 2: Put the chairs in a circle. Tape one index card to each chair.

Step 3: Play some music. Have your child walk around the chairs while the music is playing.

Step 4: Stop the music. Have your child sit on the chair closest to them. Then have your child say the sound and name of the letter on the chair. If they are correct, remove the chair from the circle.

Step 5: Continue steps 3 and 4 until all the chairs are gone.

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