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Step-by-Step: Making a Simple ABC Matching Game

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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.

Making a Simple ABC Matching Game

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

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.

ABC matching game for preschoolers

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.

ABC matching game for preschoolers

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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6 Comments

  1. Ah, Mary, a woman after my own heart. 😉 It absolutely could be adapted for lots of different ideas. You do know how I like adapting things and making learning games. lol

  2. Oh thank you!! I am having a time with my grade K son – the letters m and w and the b and d lowercase. Please tell me also what I should do about reading…any suggestions or curriculum. He understands the sounds of each letter but my my my he doesn’t want to get it that they form words. He just doesn’t seem interested in reading AT ALL. This is my first year homeschooling, and while I totally understand that each child is different, I feel like a failure some days, wondering if public school would do him better. My email is [email protected]

    Shine on!!

  3. Ohh this is awesome!! My son is a BIG fan of pegs, and is just t the beginning of learning to read! YAY!!

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