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 – even 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.
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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 do what the big kids are doing, I provide her with “schoolwork.” 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.
This is an ABC matching game she’s been loving.
One early literacy skill kids learn before reading is recognizing 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 the ABC matching game for your preschoolers:
Ice Cream Cone ABC Matching Game Supplies
- Free Ice Cream Cone ABC Matching Game printable
- Paper (I used colored card stock)
- Laminator and laminating sheets (optional)
How to Make the ABC Matching Game
Step 1: 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 it on colored cardstock – brown for the cones and different colors for the ice cream scoops.
Step 2: Laminate for durability (optional).
Have you invested in a personal laminator for your homeschool? 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.
Step 3: Cut out game pieces.
Step 4: Play the game!
Match the uppercase letter cone to the lowercase letter scoop.
How do you do preschool? Formal, or more laid back?
>>Download your free Ice Cream Cone ABC Matching Game printable.
Pam Odd is a homeschooling mom of five, graphic designer, and children’s literature lover. In her pre-mommy life she taught first grade. She believes we all have some spark of creative ingenuity in us and because of that, everyday life – even with potty training, electricity bills, and dirty dishes – can be creative. You can find her at Keeping Life Creative.