Stamp & Match – Letter Matching Activity For Kids

uppercase and lowercase letter match game for kidsI threw this activity together when my my daughter didn’t want to go outside and I didn’t want her to watch another Doc McStuffins. This quick fun letter matching activity did the trick and we got a little play and learning in before heading out for the day. This letter match activity is quick to throw together and doesn’t use up anything. If you don’t have alphabet stamps I can’t tell you how much I love and how often we use these stamps . <– Affiliate link so if you want to see what I am raving about you can. If you are looking for a similar idea for older kids try our Stamp & Spell activity.

Gather your materials. You will need some playdough, a tray, and letter stamps with both upper and lowercase letters.playdough letter matching activity for kids

Make small circles out of your playdough. You have probably noticed that I am not doing all 26 letters, that would be too much and overwhelm most kids. If you want to make sure you are going over all letters make a list and as you do different letter activities make sure all get some play over a few days. I like to have a balance of easy achievement with some challenge too. So choose a mix of letters that they are confident at matching and some that they still need to work on. playdough letter match activity for children

Using the uppercase letters press a letter in each blob of playdough. uppercase and lowercase letter match activity for kids

Place the lowercase letter stamps near by. letter match for kids

Invite your alphabet whiz to the table. Play! letter match activity for preschool and kindergarten

She got into it right away stopping only to ask me ” This is q right?” Q has been her one tricky letter since she started recognizing letters. letter match for preschool playdough activity

Keep going. stamp letter match for young kidsShe stamped them a few times which is great but if they only want to do it once that is fine too. You can flip the playdough blobs over and let them explore with the letters at their leisure too. letter match game for kids

Alphabet Books

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abc_x3

ABC x 3 English, Espanol, Francais by Marthe Jocelyn is a simplistic alphabet book in three languages. My daughter loved it and giggled while we tried to read the words in English, French and Spanish. I liked that some of the words were so similar in all three languages and some were completely different. The stark colorful illustrations by Tom Slaughter were a delightful bonus.

alphabets everywhere

Alphabet Everywhere by Elliot Kaufman is a book filled with letter shapes found in the environment. My 3 year old loved seeing all the photos of letters made out of doors, ladders, pipes, wood and more. I liked that the book caused her to recognize letters in different shapes. The letters are in alphabetical order so even if some of the images aren’t clearly a letter the order can help readers figure it out.

A isn't for fox

A Isn’t for Fox: An Isn’t Alphabet by Wendy Ulmer was fun to read aloud. The text is melodic and made my daughter laugh from cover to cover. The book goes from A to Z with funny rhymes about things that don’t start with the letter before revealing what does. Cute and more fun than a plain old alphabet book.

Word Scavenger Hunt with Spelling Stones

spelling activity for kids Last week when I published our Thanksgiving Spelling Stones I promised that I had another simple activity to do with the stones. This is it. It was a rainy day ( can you tell by the not so great pictures?) but I wasn’t ready to turn the TV on yet.  This simple game got them moving, playing together , and working on their own levels at the same time. I will be making many more sets of these stones to do this activity and others throughout the year. To find out how to make the stones themselves check out our spelling stones tutorial.

Gather your materials. You will need spelling stones and somewhere to hide them.word hunt supplies

I hide some in plain sight and others in tougher spots. My son knows to leave the easier ones for his sister although I think those days are numbered. She is a good hunter!word hunt hide letters

Before your kids start searching. Tell them the word / words  you will be spelling and how many stones total they are searching for. This helps sneak in a wee bit of math.

Start searching! These dark stones blended in nicely in our living room. word hunt hunting for letters

Do spot checks to see how many stones you have found. My daughter counted and then I turned it into a math problem for my son to figure out how many more we were looking for. word hunt how many letters do you have

Once all letters are in the basket start piecing together the word. word hunt spelling the word togetherAt first my son started doing this step all by himself but I asked him to slow down and ask his sister to find him the letter he needed to spell from the bunch. word hunt spellingThis let him work on spelling and gave her a chance to work on letter recognition. word hunt thanksgiving

Told you it was simple, but hopefully I showed you how many little tidbits of learning you could fit into it too.

thanksgiving books for kidsCheck out some great Thanksgiving Books For Kids.

Felt Leaf Letter Match – Alphabet Activity

fall letter activityThis simple alphabet activity has many layers of exploration for our little ones. The soft felt leaves and hard clothes pins offer contrasting textures, opening and closing the clothes pins helps build hand strength, and of course there is letter recognition as well. Not bad for $3 in supplies from the dollar store. This is part of our Alphabet For Starters Series which aims to introduce and play with letters in fun dynamic ways.

Gather your materials. You will need some felt leaves ( I got mine at Dollar Tree ), a pen, and clothes pins. I also used my favorite little crates . leaf letter match letter recognition 3

Write the uppercase letters on the felt. I just used a regular old pen. I had to wipe the tip a few times but it worked great otherwise.leaf letter recognition activity for preschool

Write the lowercase letters on the clothes pins.leaf letter recognition for kids

Time to match. leaf letter match with clothes pinsWith younger children don’t just throw the whole alphabet to them. Give them 5 – 10 letters and then add more as needed. 10 was the perfect number for my daughter who is just 3. The act of matching the different forms of the letters was a bit of a challenge but if she would have had to dig through all 26 letters to find one she would have tired of this much sooner. Offer all 26 for older more experienced letter matchers.Leaf letter matching game for kids

Later in the day we played a game with the leaves and clothes pins. She would choose a clothes pin and tell me what letter it was then I would offer her a littler that did not match and say ” This is the match right?” She would say ” No! That is the letter XYZ.” until I offered her the correct leaf and she would cheer and clip it. She thought it was very funny to correct Mama. I also plan to use these letters for a indoor leaf hunt later this week. leaf letter match game for preschool

Don’t forget to use this activity as a conversation starter to talk about the leaves in the trees around your house. Are they changing yet? Talk about why and pop outside to have a look.

 

Fall Alphabet Books

t is for touchdown

T is for Touchdown: A Football Alphabet by Brad Herzog is a beautiful book that will delight even those of us who are never happy to see football season start. I admit even being an anti fan this book was fun and really full of information that even a football scrooge like myself can appreciate. Also it’s easy to read simply the letters and look at the pictures for little ones and has genuinely interesting blurbs for each page for older children.

Autumn Books

 Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur is a lovely book that is also a wonderful introduction into this form of poetry for young children. Each page has a poem about the season, from Acorns, to Owls to Pumpkins. Each letter of the words are a jumping off point for a sentence in the poem. The beauty of this book is that it reads well traditionally as well as individual poems which really makes it two books in one.

patty's pumpkin patch

Patty’s Pumpkin Patch  by Teri Sloat is a great alphabet book and story in one. Readers follow a pumpkin patch from planting the seeds until after Halloween when they gather the seeds for the next planting.  I really like how this book combines an alphabet book with both upper and lowercase letters corresponding to some animal or insect in the story . I also like the easy rhythm of the rhyming text and the engaging and detailed illustrations . All in all I think this is a great fall book.

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Alphabet Activities For Every Season

Alphabet Activities for every season preschool lesson plansKids learn better when they are having fun and engaged in the lesson. My favorite way to teach children is to connect the lesson to their interests , a well loved book ,or some big event like a holiday. That is why I try to give readers so many different themes to keep learning fresh. There is no reason to drill your kids when teaching them the alphabet when there are so many ways to teach letters without flash cards. Here are alphabet activities for every season.

 

fall alphabet activities for kidsHere are seven great alphabet activities with a fall theme for your child to have fun with.

Upper and Lowercase Matching Tree
Peel & Pick Alphabet Apple Tree
Monster M
Leaf Letter Puzzles
Pumpkin Patch Letter Match
Letter Monsters
Pumpkin P

winter alphabet activities for kids

Bundle up and learn with these great winter themed alphabet activities.

Writing In The Snow
Alphabet Christmas Tree
Valentine’s Day Heart Letter Match Game
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Letter Snowman

Spring Alphabet activities for kids

Spring is filled with pretty colors and so are these alphabet activities.

Easter Egg Letter Match
Alphabet Butterfly Garden
Easter Egg Letter Surprise
Sidewalk Chalk Letter Games
Letter Flower Garden
Gardening For Letters
Earth Day Letter E

summer alphabet activities for kids

Summer is a time most of us head outside and there is no reason you can’t take learning out with you!

Hose Down Letters
Letters On The Go
Letter Watermelon
Fishing For Letters
Fourth of July Flag F
Road Trip Alphabet

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We love alphabet activities and if you are looking for even more ideas check out our Early Literacy and Reading and Writing Readiness boards on Pinterest. You will find our ideas but many other from all over the web.

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Dollar Store Salt Tray { Alphabet Activity }

learn to write Writing letters in salt or sand is a classic Montessori activity. They give children a sensory experience while also learning how to form letters. What I have always loved about salt trays is that if a child doesn’t like how their letter turned out they can gently shake it and start again. These items were all bought at the dollar store . You could easily make 4 salt trays for $4 with the supplies listed. Exploring letters in all different ways lets kids experience them and make meaningful connections. Do not worry about how perfect the letters are at this stage, let them explore them and get used to the different kinds of lines and curves that go into them all. This post is part of our Alphabet for Starters series , a series of posts that aim to make learning the alphabet fun and creative instead of full of rote memorization. See more from that series here.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some sentence strips, a sharpie, scissors, salt, and a pie plate( came in a pack of 4). You could also use a cookie sheet, shoe box lid or casserole dish. dollar store salt tray
  2. Cut the sentence strips into smaller cards. You could also use flash cards but as you might guess I don’t have any on hand .dollarstore salt tray alphabet activity
  3. Write out letters with the sharpie. You can write uppercase, lowercase, or a mix like I did. Go at whatever pace your child is at but don’t forget to put in a few challenges. For beginners stick with straight line letters like L , T, H  and the completely curves ones like C and O they have always been easier in my experience that when you mix the two together. We want kids at this age to have some initial success before we challenge them so that their confidence helps carry them through the harder bits. dollar store alphabet activity
  4. Pour in the salt. My daughter LOVED this so much we did it many times over…. and my porch still has salt on it. salt tray activity
  5. Stack the cards and start writing.dollar store learning letters with a salt tray My daughter who turned 3 in June had a touch time with some of the letters but when I explained to her she could shake and try again she perked up. alphabet activities for preschool In one sitting she did 6 letters. Do not expect to go through the whole alphabet especially with a 3 year old or an older child new to this activity. learning to form letters with a salt tray

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Alphabet Books

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z is for moose

Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham is a hilarious alphabet book that will have you and your child giggling throughout. The books is all about a zebra who is making an alphabet book and his over zealous friend Moose who is very very excited to be involved. So excited in fact that he can’t wait for M to be called and ends up crashing a bunch of other letters. When M does come he’s been replaced by a mouse. Moose’s reaction will turn your kids giggles into chuckles and all the while they will be working on letter recognition. Love this book!

Sleepy ABC

Sleepy ABC by Margaret Wise Brown . Although I have a legendary hatred of Runaway Bunny I generally love this author. I like this book, and the illustrations will zip you back in time for sure.  Unlike many alphabet books it has a great rhythm for reading it all without breaks.  My one complaint is that the child is tucked into bed then a few letters later is out listening to a story from another woman not their mom. I am not sure perhaps those are different children, didn’t bug my son one bit, but left me wondering. Like the title suggests it’s a good alphabet book for a bedtime read, it even ends with something I say often ” Go To Sleep!”.

Alphabet Under Construction

Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming is a wonderful example of what an alphabet book should be. Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers learning their first letters, the text is short , the letters are front and center and the illustrations are fun and interesting. My son loves this book, I grabbed it at the library after remembering how much my Pre K class loved it too.Many alphabet books are too long to read entirety at circle time or in one shot with a toddler but this my 19 month old will sit through Z every time. {This review is from when my son was 19 months old in 2008. His love of this book was really a jumping off point for his love of letters in general. I wish I could say I taught him his letters but really reading this one particular book over and over at his request probably did the trick. }

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