This easy idea for making a simple ABC matching game is great for preschoolers. It allows them to practice their fine motor skills while also learning to match upper- and lowercase letters.
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Plus, it uses simple supplies that you probably have around your house or can pick up at the dollar store.
Supplies for Making a Simple ABC Matching Game
- pinch-style clothespins
- a cardboard box such as a shoe box
- ABC stickers or a fine-tip Sharpie marker
How to Make a Preschool ABC Matching Game
Step 1: Stick the lowercase letter stickers onto wooden clothespin or write them with a Sharpie, letter on each clothespin. Place the letters near the bottom so that the child can easily see them when holding the clothespin.
Step 2: Stick the uppercase letter stickers (or draw them) around the outside of the box. Making sure to leave enough space between them to clip the clothespins. You can use a shoebox or the lid to a deep box. It just needs to be sturdy enough to sit up on its own.
You could probably use something else like a file folder or a piece of foam board, but I like using a box for two reasons. One, it sits up easily on its own so the child can just focus on attaching the paper clips, And, two, it provides a quick and easy place to store the clothespins when you’re not using them.
That’s it! Now, the child can just clip the clothespin onto or beside the corresponding letter on the box. One really great thing about this is that the often-confusing letters, such as b, d, p, and q can only go one way, so the game may help reduce letter reversals later on.
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