Learning to match upper and lower case letters can be challenging for any preschooler. Many of the lower case letters look NOTHING like the corresponding upper case letters. Also, many of the lower case letters look very similar, such as b, d and p. Can you blame a kid for being confused? Of course not. And, to top it off, there are 26 different letter combos to memorize. Talk about overwhelming.
When it comes to letters, the key to mastery is practicing in many different ways as often as possible. Finding ways to incorporate movement into the learning process can help speed things along. The movements can be large, like a physical activity, or small, like writing and manipulating cards or objects. Manipulating the cards in this Christmas Tree Letter Match Printable is a fun way to encourage practice and mastery and the activity can be used again and again. This Game is so entertaining, the kids won’t even realize they’re learning. It can be used as an independent learning activity or in a small group. And, the best part? It’s a printable, so all you have to do is print it and cut it out.
To set up the game, cut along the lines to separate the letter pairs. Then, shuffle them and arrange them face up. Then, have your child match the letter pairs. Start by only setting out 5 or so letter pairs. As your child’s skills increase you can add in additional letters. Your child can do this independently or take turns with a friend for added fun.
For an even more challenging activity, flip the letter cards over and use them as a memory game.This activity is especially fun in a group, but can also be completed independently. Don’t forget, if another child is not available, you can always step in as your child’s learning partner.