Since learning is a way of life at our house, it’s not surprising my preschooler thinks “school” should be part of her day as well. And though most of her “school day visions” come from what she’s seen on TV – many mornings she packs a backpack with books, crayons, or toys, and announces she’s ready for school.
I don’t do a lot of formal preschooling because I feel the best way for young ones to learn is through play. However, to appease her desire to follow and do what the big kids are doing, activity books from the dollar store, lots and lots of read alouds, puzzles, games, coloring sheets, and Super Why make up most of her “school” time and keep her busy while the big kids are working. Today I wanted to share an ABC matching game she’s been loving.
One early literacy skill kids learn before reading is to recognize the difference between uppercase and lowercase letters. This simple game helps kids match “big” letters and “little” letters by placing an ice cream scoop on the coordinating cone. Here’s how to create your own:
Ice Cream Cone ABC Matching Game Supplies
- FREE Ice Cream Cone Uppercase and Lowercase Alphabet printable
- Paper (I used colored card stock)
- Laminator and Laminating Sheets (optional)
Print the matching game pieces.
Since I was taking the time to create this game, I wanted it to last so I chose to print on colored card stock – brown for the cones and different colors for the ice cream scoops.
Laminate for durability.
Have you invested in a personal laminator for your homeschooling? It’s one of my most frequently used “teaching supplies,” and I highly recommend owning one! They’re inexpensive, and if you’re taking the time to make games like this, you’ll likely want them to last more than one use (or child!). I’ve found Sam’s Club/Costco to be a good place to purchase refill lamination sheets.
Cut around game pieces.
Play the game!
Match the uppercase letter cone to the lowercase letter scoop.
How do you do preschool? Formal, or more laid back?
>>Click here to download your free printable.