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Matching Letter Game – A DIY Puzzle Made with Recycled Materials

Matching Letter Game – A DIY Puzzle Made with Recycled Materials

Matching Letter Game – A DIY Puzzle Made with Recycled Materials

matching letter game using recycled egg carton bottle cap diy alphabet puzzle

This DIY puzzle is an easy-to-make matching letter game! It’s a fun way to use recycled materials for playful learning!

A Matching Letter Game You Can Make!

This DIY puzzle is made up of items you likely already have, but are either tossing away or recycling! 

It so amazing to be able to make a playful learning resource out of these materials. It’s a great way to save money and you may just find that your kiddos prefer playing with the bottle cap “pieces” and egg carton “board” over a fancy puzzle anyway!

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Watch to See This Game in Action!

In this video, you’ll see my kiddo enjoying this DIY matching letter game. Since he was still working on uppercase letter identification, both the letters on the caps and the letters in the egg carton were both uppercase. However, you could use this same exact set up for uppercase and lowercase matching once your kiddo is ready for it!

You could also create a DIY uppercase and lowercase puzzle out of cardboard like we did with our DIY Alphabet Matching Puzzle!

Watch to See This Game in Action!

In this video, you’ll see my kiddo enjoying this DIY matching letter game. Since he was still working on uppercase letter identification, both the letters on the caps and the letters in the egg carton were uppercase. However, you could use this same exact set up for uppercase and lowercase matching once your kiddo is ready for it!

You could also create a DIY uppercase and lowercase puzzle out of cardboard like we did with our DIY Alphabet Matching Puzzle!

matching letter game using recycled egg carton bottle cap diy alphabet puzzle

Tips for Setting Up This Activity

Save your bottle caps! Since you’ll need quite a few for this activity, it may take some time to save these up! I washed them clean and placed them in a sealed container until I had enough for the game!

How to Sanitize Egg Cartons. Before you use egg cartons for arts, crafts, and playful learning be sure to sanitize them! Cardboard egg cartons can be sanitized by heating it in an oven set to 170F for 20 minutes.

Don’t Have Stickers? If you don’t have stickers, no problem! Just write the letters with a permanent marker on top of the bottle caps!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Stick alphabet letters on top of bottle caps, or simply use a permanent marker to write a letter.

Step 2

On one of the egg cartons, tape an extra 4 egg containers so that there are enough spaces for each letter in the alphabet. 

Step 3

Write the letters of the alphabet at the bottom of each of the egg carton holders.

Step 4

Have kids match the letter on the bottle cap to the letter written in the egg carton.

Step 1

Stick alphabet letters on top of bottle caps, or simply use a permanent marker to write a letter.

Step 2

On one of the egg cartons, tape an extra 4 egg containers so that there are enough spaces for each letter in the alphabet.

Step 3

Write the letters of the alphabet at the bottom of each of the egg carton holders.

Step 4

Have kids match the letter on the bottle cap to the letter written in the egg carton.

More Matching Letter Games!

I know that grown ups get busy, and it may be hard to find the time to make DIY learning games like this.

That’s why we made a printable version of a letter recognition activity! And it’s totally FREE! This is all about picking the apples from the tree, and then matching them to their lowercase version in the basket.

If you are looking for more printable activities related to the alphabet, be sure to check out our Alphabet Tracing Cards, Alphabet Flash Cards, and our Alphabet Matching Puzzle as well.

And don’t miss our full comprehensive list of alphabet learning activities!

letter recognition alphabet matching worksheet printable
letter recognition alphabet matching worksheet printable

More Matching Letter Games!

I know that grown ups get busy, and it may be hard to find the time to make DIY learning games like this.

That’s why we made a printable version of a letter recognition activity! And it’s totally FREE! This is all about picking the apples from the tree, and then matching them to their lowercase version in the basket.

If you are looking for more printable activities related to the alphabet, be sure to check out our Alphabet Tracing Cards, Alphabet Flash Cards, and our Alphabet Matching Puzzle as well.

And don’t miss our full comprehensive list of alphabet learning activities!

More Ways to Match the Alphabet!

Here are some top picks for puzzles that are all about matching letters!

alphabet matching game puzzle
Wooden Uppercase and Lowercase Matching Puzzle

This beautifully crafted interlocking wooden puzzle is a great way to explore uppercase and lowercase letters. 

alphabet matching game puzzle
ABC Picture Puzzles

This picture puzzle not only encourages letter recognition, but can be used for word creation, color recognition, memory, and fine motor skills!

alphabet matching game puzzlealphabet matching game puzzle popsicle
Alphabet Popsicle Match

This hands on alphabet recognition game is a fun way to match uppercase and lowercase letters!

 

alphabet matching game puzzle worm
Alphabet Worm Puzzle

This fun puzzle is shaped like a worm. By including both lowercase and uppercase letters, this is a fun way for kids to be able to match the alphabet!

What’s Next?

Letter Recognition Activity – DIY Game to Learn the ABCs

Letter Recognition Activity – DIY Game to Learn the ABCs

Letter Recognition Activity – DIY Game to Learn the ABCs

letter recognition activity alphabet tree

This DIY letter recognition activity is where learning the ABCs & cutting skills collide! Pick the alphabet fruit and match it to the basket! Keep on reading to find out how to make it out of recycled materials and common craft supplies! Plus, get the pre-printable version if you are short on time and can’t make the DIY version!

Where Letter Recognition and Scissor Skills Collide!

This is such a tactile way to learn letters! Cutting off the alphabet fruit is not only fun, but great for cutting skills which is one of the best fine motor activities to build muscle strength in the hands and fingers! Once the game is played with once, you can either re-glue on the alphabet fruit to the tree for more cutting practice next time, or you could skip the cutting and use velcro stickers instead!

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How to Make This Letter Recognition Activity

This DIY game will take more than a few minutes to create, but will be well worth the effort! Plus, if you choose to craft the tree and basket together with your kiddos, it’s an added arts and crafts activity! The best part is that the supplies are so simple – we love reusing paper towel tubes!

Of course, if you don’t have time to make this DIY game, keep on reading to get our free printable version that is quicker to set up!

How to Make This Letter Recognition Activity

This DIY game will take more than a few minutes to create, but will be well worth the effort! Plus, if you choose to craft the tree and basket together with your kiddos, it’s an added arts and crafts activity! The best part is that the supplies are so simple – we love reusing paper towel tubes!

Of course, if you don’t have time to make this DIY game, keep on reading to get our free printable version that is quicker to set up!

letter recognition alphabet matching worksheet printable

Free Printable Version of This Letter Recognition Activity

I know that grown ups get busy, and it may be hard to find the time to make DIY learning games like this. That’s why we made a printable version of this letter recognition activity! And it’s totally FREE! It will be quicker to set up and yet will still provide all the great letter learning skills that the DIY version does! You can also task your kiddo to cut out the apples and they’ll also get the added bonus of a cutting skills activity!

If you are looking for more printable activities related to the alphabet, be sure to check out our Alphabet Tracing Cards, Alphabet Flash Cards, and our Alphabet Matching Puzzle as well.

And don’t miss our full comprehensive list of alphabet learning activities!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

To Make the Tree:

Step 1

Cut one paper roll into three pieces and then glue them together to make the branches.

Step 2

On the other paper roll, create some slits to slide the branches into.

Step 3

Cut out the leaves and glue them to the tree.

Step 4

Cut out the circles for the fruit and write down the letters of the alphabet on them.

Step 5

Glue the circles onto the tree by the stem only.

To Make the Basket:

Step 1

Draw a basket on top of a piece of cardboard, making circles with lowercase letters on them to match with the alphabet fruit.

Step 2

Tape sticky paper (sticky side up) onto the cardboard so that the fruit cutouts can be stuck on them.

To Play:

Give the kids scissors and let them cut the fruit. Have them say the letter that they have out loud and then have them stick it onto the matching letter on the fruit basket.

To Make the Tree:

Step 1

Cut one paper roll into three pieces and then glue them together to make the branches.

Step 2

On the other paper roll, create some slits to slide the branches into.

Step 3

Cut out the leaves and glue them to the tree.

Step 4

Cut out the circles for the fruit and write down the letters of the alphabet on them.

Step 5

Glue the circles onto the tree by the stem only.

To Make the Basket:

Step 1

Draw a basket on top of a piece of cardboard, making circles with lowercase letters on them to match with the alphabet fruit.

Step 2

Tape sticky paper (sticky side up) onto the cardboard so that the fruit cutouts can be stuck on them.

To Play:

Give the kids scissors and let them cut the fruit. Have them say the letter that they have out loud and then have them stick it onto the matching letter on the fruit basket.

The Educational Benefits of This Letter Recognition Activity

The most significant advantage of this activity is that it’s a really fun way for the kids to work on learning the alphabet. The more that they see, touch, feel, and say letters, the faster they’re going to learn them. This is an extra fun way to start making the connections between uppercase and lowercase letters.

Kids will also love being able to use their fine motor skills to work on their cutting practice too. This will help them cut out the fruit and then use their fingers to find and match the same letter. 

letter recognition activity alphabet tree
letter recognition activity alphabet tree

The Educational Benefits of This Letter Recognition Activity

The most significant advantage of this activity is that it’s a really fun way for the kids to work on learning the alphabet. The more that they see, touch, feel, and say letters, the faster they’re going to learn them. This is an extra fun way to start making the connections between uppercase and lowercase letters.

Kids will also love being able to use their fine motor skills to work on their cutting practice too. This will help them cut out the fruit and then use their fingers to find and match the same letter. 

More Ways to Encourage Alphabet Learning

Here are my top picks for letter recognition activities that teach both uppercase and lowercase letters!

alphabet matching game puzzle
Wooden Uppercase and Lowercase Matching Puzzle

This beautifully crafted interlocking wooden puzzle is a great way to explore uppercase and lowercase letters. 

alphabet matching game puzzle
ABC Picture Puzzles

This picture puzzle is not only a great letter recognition activity, but can be used for word creation, color recognition, memory, and fine motor skills!

alphabet matching game puzzlealphabet matching game puzzle popsicle
Alphabet Popsicle Match

This hands on alphabet recognition game is a fun way to match uppercase and lowercase letters!

alphabet matching game puzzle worm
Alphabet Worm Puzzle

This fun puzzle is shaped like a worm. By including both lowercase and uppercase letters, this is a fun way for kids to be able to match the alphabet!

What’s Next?

Alphabet Learning – DIY Matching Game with Coins

Alphabet Learning – DIY Matching Game with Coins

Alphabet Learning – DIY Game with Coins!

Alphabet Learning Coin Game

Make alphabet learning fun with this Alphabet Coin game! It’s the perfect way to combine ABC learning with fine motor skills, too! Perfect for early learners or a quick review for older kids familiar with alphabet letter matching.

Alphabet Learning with Fine Motor Strengthening

There are so many fun aspects of this alphabet learning activity. Not only are you able to use materials that you more than likely have around the house, but you can then create an entertaining interactive learning toy that you can use time and time again. Plus, did you know that pushing coins through slots is an excellent fine motor skills activity?!

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How To Make and Play With This Alphabet Coin Game

It’s so easy to do! Just grab an old box and let the learning fun start! Using coins is a great sensory experience with an added fine motor activity where kids will be able to pick them up and find the matching letter like a puzzle. The sound of the coin clinging as it fell through the slots and onto our kitchen table was one of my kid’s favorite parts of this game! The simple step by step instructions on how to set up this activity are below!

How To Make and Play With This Alphabet Learning Game

It’s so easy to do! Just grab an old box and let the learning fun start! Using coins is a great sensory experience with an added fine motor activity where kids will be able to pick them up and find the matching letter like a puzzle. The sound of the coin clinging as it fell through the slots and onto our kitchen table was one of my kid’s favorite parts of this game! The simple step by step instructions on how to set up this activity are below!

Alphabet Learning Coin Game

Alphabet Learning Made Fun!

The great part about this alphabet learning activity is that it really does a perfect job of helping your child identify all the alphabet letters. With so many choices, this activity will help them identify and thoroughly learn all the letters of the alphabet. The game pictured includes matching uppercase to uppercase, however, this can be easily adapted if your kiddo is matching uppercase with lowercase. Plus, younger kids who aren’t learning the alphabet yet could use this set up for color matching!

Speaking of alphabet learning, be sure to check out our Alphabet Tracing Cards, Alphabet Flash Cards, and our Alphabet Matching Puzzle as well. And don’t miss our full list of alphabet learning activities.

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Grab an old box and place down dot stickers for each letter in the alphabet.

Step 2

Write the letters on each dot sticker.

Step 3

Use a sharp knife to cut out slots above each letter.

Step 4

Place dot stickers on top of coin, one for each letter of the alphabet.

Step 5

To play the game, match the coins letters to the letters on the box!

Step 1

Grab an old box and place down dot stickers for each letter in the alphabet.

Step 2

Write the letters on each dot sticker.

Step 3

Use a sharp knife to cut out slots above each letter.

Step 4

Place dot stickers on top of coin, one for each letter of the alphabet.

Step 5

To play the game, match the coins letters to the letters on the box!

The Educational Benefits of this Alphabet Coin Game

First and foremost, this activity is a great way to pratice alphabet recognition! Being able to manipulate the letters in the form of coins is a great tactile experience that will help an abstract understanding of the alphabet become more concrete.

This activity is also so great for strengthening fingers and hand muscles. Pushing the small coins into slots is fantastic for fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Fine motor skill development is critical at a young age so we constantly find ways to incorporate it within our playful learning activities!

Alphabet Learning Coin Game

If your kiddo loves coins and is interested in learning which coins are which don’t miss our Coin Recognition Game.

Alphabet Learning Coin Game

The Educational Benefits of this Alphabet Coin Game

First and foremost, this activity is a great way to pratice alphabet recognition! Being able to manipulate the letters in the form of coins is a great tactile experience that will help an abstract understanding of the alphabet become more concrete.

This activity is also so great for strengthening fingers and hand muscles. Pushing the small coins into slots is fantastic for fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Fine motor skill development is critical at a young age so we constantly find ways to incorporate it within our playful learning activities!

If your kiddo loves coins and is interested in learning which coins are which don’t miss our Coin Recognition Game.

More Ways to Encourage Alphabet Learning

Here are my top picks for alphabet puzzles that teach both uppercase and lowercase letters!

alphabet matching game puzzle
Wooden Uppercase and Lowercase Matching Puzzle

This beautifully crafted interlocking wooden puzzle is a great way to explore uppercase and lowercase letters. 

alphabet matching game puzzle
ABC Picture Puzzles

This picture puzzle not only encourages letter recognition, but can be used for word creation, color recognition, memory, and fine motor skills!

alphabet matching game puzzlealphabet matching game puzzle popsicle
Alphabet Popsicle Match

This hands on alphabet recognition game is a fun way to match uppercase and lowercase letters!

alphabet matching game puzzle worm
Alphabet Worm Puzzle

This fun puzzle is shaped like a worm. By including both lowercase and uppercase letters, this is a fun way for kids to be able to match the alphabet!

What’s Next?

Alphabet Matching Game for the Ice Cream Fan

Alphabet Matching Game for the Ice Cream Fan

Alphabet Matching Game for the Ice Cream Fan

lowercase and uppercase alphabet game

Here’s a fun way to learn your uppercase and lowercase letters! This alphabet matching game is a DIY toy that teaches and is a resource you can use time and time again! Not only does the ice cream theme make everyone happy, but it also makes it fun to learn as well! Learning to connect lowercase and uppercase letters can be tricky! But this fun ABC letter activity makes it a much easier process to learn.

An Alphabet Matching Game You Can Craft and Play

What’s better than playing and learning? Also crafting! Get the kiddos involved in creating this activity too. Have them color the scoops, and even help with cutting out the circles. They will be so proud to play and learn with a game they helped make!

For more ideas on creative and fun ways to play with the alphabet visit our Alphabet Activities List where you will also find some free printables!

 

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How to Make This Alphabet Matching Game

 

Here’s how you can make and play with this interactive ice cream alphabet matching game. In this video, you’ll see how easy it is to put together and how fun it is for kids to see the letter, find the matching letter, and pull the string to complete the next letter. Using simple materials, this is a budget friendly way to make a DIY learning resource you can use time and time again!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links. 

How to Make This Alphabet Matching Game

Here’s how you can make and play with this interactive ice cream alphabet matching game. In this video, you’ll see how easy it is to put together and how fun it is for kids to see the letter, find the matching letter, and pull the string to complete the next letter. Using simple materials, this is a budget friendly way to make a DIY learning resource you can use time and time again!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links. 

lowercase and uppercase alphabet game

Budget Friendly and Kid Friendly!

From start to finish, this alphabet learning activity is really quite simple to do. You do not need any fancy materials to create this DIY learning resource. Making the board, scoops, and cones out of cardboard is a great way to keep costs down while recycling materials you already have at home! Read on for the simple step by step instructions.

For the color, we used paint sticks. They are a great arts and crafts supply that we constantly use. The colors come out so rich and vibrant, even on cardboard! The best part? They look like paint, roll on like a crayon, but dry in seconds! For more ideas of supplies you should have in your craft box, check out our Comprehensive List of Arts and Craft Supplies!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

On a big piece of cardboard, glue or tape a cardboard triangle (aka your cone).

Step 2

Cut out cardboard circles; we did 27 for the whole alphabet, plus the bottom scoop.

Step 3

Color and decorate your ice cream scoops and cone. With a permanent marker, write the letters on each ice cream scoop.

Step 4

On a strip of paper, or several strips of paper, write the entire alphabet, leaving at least half an inch in between each letter.

Step 5

On the extra ice cream scoop, cut two slits near the center, leaving an opening in between so that the paper letter will be visible.

Step 6

Thread the paper letter strip through the cardboard so that it smoothly goes to the next letter when pulled.

Step 7

Optional; add velcro stickers to the back of the ice cream scoops and two velcro stickers to the main board. This will allow your child to place the letter down with accuracy, but is not a necessary feature.

Step 1

On a big piece of cardboard, glue or tape a cardboard triangle (aka your cone).

Step 2

Cut out cardboard circles; we did 27 for the whole alphabet, plus the bottom scoop.

Step 3

Color and decorate your ice cream scoops and cone. With a permanent marker, write the letters on each ice cream scoop.

Step 4

On a strip of paper, or several strips of paper, write the entire alphabet, leaving at least half an inch in between each letter.

Step 5

On the extra ice cream scoop, cut two slits near the center, leaving an opening in between so that the paper letter will be visible.

Step 6

Thread the paper letter strip through the cardboard so that it smoothly goes to the next letter when pulled.

Step 7

Optional; add velcro stickers to the back of the ice cream scoops and two velcro stickers to the main board. This will allow your child to place the letter down with accuracy but is not a necessary feature.

Educational Benefits for this Fun Alphabet Matching Game

This alphabet game will help to teach your child how to match uppercase and lowercase letters. Through practice, they will be able to identify and group these letters easily. This is the foundation of being able to use those letters to read and write.

This DIY game can also help them with their fine motor skills since they’ll be pulling the paper tab and using their hand-eye coordination to grab and match the letters. 

lowercase and uppercase alphabet game
lowercase and uppercase alphabet game

Educational Benefits for this Fun Alphabet Matching Game

This alphabet game will help to teach your child how to match uppercase and lowercase letters. Through practice, they will be able to identify and group these letters easily, the foundation of being able to use those letters to read and write.

This DIY game can also help them with their fine motor skills since they’ll be pulling the paper tab and using their hand-eye coordination to grab and match the letters. And last but not least, they’ll grow their love for learning because they’ll be independent in this activity also.

More Ways to Learn Alphabet Matching

Here are my top picks for alphabet puzzles that teach both uppercase and lowercase letters!

alphabet matching game puzzle
Wooden Uppercase and Lowercase Matching Puzzle

This beautifully crafted interlocking wooden puzzle is a great way to explore uppercase and lowercase letters. 

alphabet matching game puzzle
ABC Picture Puzzles

This picture puzzle not only encourages letter recognition, but can be used for word creation, color recognition, memory, and fine motor skills!

alphabet matching game puzzlealphabet matching game puzzle popsicle
Alphabet Popsicle Match

This hands on alphabet recognition game is a fun way to match uppercase and lowercase letters!

alphabet matching game puzzle worm
Alphabet Worm Puzzle

This fun puzzle is shaped like a worm. By including both lowercase and uppercase letters, this is a fun way for kids to be able to match the alphabet!

What’s Next?

Alphabet Game for Preschoolers – Magic Letters!

Alphabet Game for Preschoolers – Magic Letters!

Alphabet Game for Preschoolers – Magic Letters

Your child will love making the letters appear like magic with this fun alphabet game for preschoolers. Plus, you’ll see below just how easy to set up!

If you are looking for more budget-friendly ways for kids to play with letters, be sure to check out our Alphabet Painting Game, Alphabet Parking Lot Game, and DIY Alphabet Matching Puzzle!

Teach Letter Recognition With This Alphabet Game for Preschoolers

Few things capture a child’s imagination and sense of wonder like magic tricks! They love it – and I have to admit, I do too. 

As your child makes the letters appear they will be motivated to keep playing until they make all 26 letters appear! 

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Watch the Video to See the Magic Letters in Action

Here’s a quick video of my kiddo making the letters appear like magic. As you can see, he is having so much fun finding the letters! 

His smile is all the reward I need to know this is one of the best alphabet letter games for preschoolers! 

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Watch the Video to See the Magic Letters in Action

Here’s a quick video of my kiddo making the letters appear like magic. As you can see, he is having so much fun finding the letters! 

His smile is all the reward I need to know this is one of the best alphabet letter games for preschoolers! 

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

How to Make This Easy Alphabet Game for Preschoolers!

This alphabet game for preschoolers isn’t just fun for early readers. There are a lot of different ways you can make “magic” letters or numbers an educational game for older kids too. 

This tutorial is really basic. Change it up for your child’s educational level.  If you have younger toddler, hide basic shapes and colors for them to discover. For older kids, make it a math game by writing out a multiplication or division fact!

The options are endless!

 

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Cut strips of paper towel, one for each letter.

Step 2

Fold each square in half.

Step 3

Write the uppercase letter on top layer, leaving space underneath for the lowercase letter to be revealed.

 

Step 4

Open each square and on the bottom of the second layer, write the lowercase letter.

Step 5

Optional: put double-sided tape on the bottom to secure the pieces to a dish or tray.

Step 6

Include a tool like a dropper to squirt over the letter squares to reveal the lowercase letters!

Step 1

Cut strips of paper towel, one for each letter.

Step 2

Fold each square in half.

Step 3

Write the uppercase letter on top layer, leaving space underneath for the lowercase letter to be revealed.

Step 4

Open each square and on the bottom of the second layer, write the lowercase letter.

Step 5

Optional: put double-sided tape on the bottom to secure the pieces to a dish or tray.

Step 6

Include a tool like a dropper to squirt over the letter squares to reveal the lowercase letters!

 

 

Educational Benefits of this Alphabet Game for Preschoolers

There are so many things that this alphabet game for preschoolers will teach your child. They’ll learn all sorts of kindergarten readiness skills.

Picking up the water dropper and squeezing it so the water drips out are all actions that strengthen their fingers. They need these muscles to do things like write and tie their shoes. The more they practice things like this, the stronger it will get.

Another thing it teaches your child is how to identify all of the letters. They will do this activity with you – you tell them which letter to uncover. Then, they pick out the correct letter from among all the other letters.

Part of this activity is matching the uppercase letter with the lowercase letter. The combination of uppercase and lowercase letters is part of print awareness. Uppercase and lowercase letters look slightly different from each other, but if they can pair them, they will have an easier time reading.

Educational Benefits of this Alphabet Game for Preschoolers

There are so many things that this alphabet game for preschoolers will teach your child. They’ll learn all sorts of kindergarten readiness skills.

Picking up the water dropper and squeezing it so the water drips out are all actions that strengthen their fingers. They need these muscles to do things like write and tie their shoes. The more they practice things like this, the stronger it will get.

Another thing it teaches your child is how to identify all of the letters. They will do this activity with you – you tell them which letter to uncover. Then, they pick out the correct letter from among all the other letters.

Part of this activity is matching the uppercase letter with the lowercase letter. The combination of uppercase and lowercase letters is part of print awareness. Uppercase and lowercase letters look slightly different from each other, but if they can pair them, they will have an easier time reading.

Store-Bought Alphabet Activities 

Here are my top picks for games and activities that teach letter recognition. 

Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit

This activity pack comes with access to an iPad app and even a tablet base. Kids interact with Osmo to make letters out of shapes.

Alphabet Popsicles

All 26 letters are included in this fun game. The popsicles are interlocking for a fun way to engage with both uppercase and lowercase!

Wooden Uppercase and Lowercase Matching Puzzle

This beautifully crafted interlocking wooden puzzle is a great way to explore uppercase and lowercase letters.  

Alphabet Worm Puzzle

This fun puzzle is shaped like a worm. By including both lowercase and uppercase letters, this is a fun way for kids to be able to match the alphabet!

What’s Next?

DIY Alphabet Matching Puzzle

DIY Alphabet Matching Puzzle

DIY Alphabet Matching Puzzle

Make your own alphabet matching puzzle with just some cardboard, markers, and velcro. This is a great letter recognition activity for preschoolers.

Plus, this is super budget friendly, and you can do with kids of a variety ages – from toddlers that are barely walking to the ones that are getting ready for school. That’s the beauty of a simple activity.

And if you are looking for more playful alphabet learning ideas, be sure to check out our ABC Parking Lot Activity, Alphabet Paint Activity and our Alphabet Spoon Matching Activity!

Keep reading and discover how easy it is to make your very own puzzle out of some cardboard, velcro, markers, and sticky paper. 

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Watch the Video to See How to Make this Alphabet Matching Puzzle!

In this video you’ll see how easy it is to make this puzzle yourself. From start to finish, this only takes about 15 minutes. 

If you want to save even more time, download our free Alphabet Matching Puzzle printable inspired by this activity!

For written step-by-step instructions, read on below for more information!

Watch the Video to See How to Make this Alphabet Matching Puzzle!

In this video you’ll see how easy it is to make this puzzle yourself. From start to finish, this only takes about 15 minutes. 

If you want to save even more time, download our free Alphabet Matching Puzzle printable inspired by this activity!

For written step-by-step instructions, read on below for more information!

Teach The Alphabet with a DIY Puzzle

This is another one of my favorite sensory activities. Not only are they looking at the letters and identifying them, but they are actually picking them up and moving them around.

When you lead this activity with them, it can teach them a lot more than just how to match uppercase and lowercase letters. You can encourage listening and speaking too. 

Ask your child, “where is the lowecase a?” When they find it, exclaim, “there it is!” 

Here’s how to make a DIY counting puzzle for your kiddos. This is a basic tutorial, please change things up and make it fit your child’s needs.

Materials 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Use a sharp craft knife or scissor to cut out 26 rectangles from one of the pieces of cardboard. Retain these as they will be your 26 lowercase letter puzzle pieces.

Step 2

On the other large piece of cardboard, write each uppercase letter in the alphabet, leaving room next to each letter for the lowercase letter to be attached next to it.

Step 2

On the small rectangle pieces, write each lowercase letter from the alphabet.

Step 4

Attach a hook and loop adhesive pad to the pack of each lowercase letter piece. Place the other half of the hook and loop pad next to each uppercase letter.

Step 5

For vertical play, use painter’s tape to attach clear contact paper to the wall, sticky-side facing up. 

Step 6

Hang up the large uppercase letters board to the wall above the contact paper and let your child match the lowercase letters with the uppercase ones.  

Step 1

Use a sharp craft knife or scissor to cut out 26 rectangles from one of the pieces of cardboard. Retain these as they will be your 26 lowercase letter puzzle pieces.

Step 2

On the other large piece of cardboard, write each uppercase letter in the alphabet, leaving room next to each letter for the lowercase letter to be attached next to it.

Step 3

On the small rectangle pieces, write each lowercase letter from the alphabet.

Step 4

Attach a hook and loop adhesive pad to the pack of each lowercase letter piece. Place the other half of the hook and loop pad next to each uppercase letter.

Step 5

For vertical play, use painter’s tape to attach clear contact paper to the wall, sticky-side facing up.

Step 6

Hang up the large uppercase letters board to the wall above the contact paper and let your child match the lowercase letters with the uppercase ones.  

Free Printable Version of This DIY Alphabet Matching Puzzle

Even though this DIY alphabet matching puzzle is super easy to make, I understand that it is often hard to find the time to create your own learning resources!

That’s why we created this FREE printable alphabet matching puzzle.

Just print, cut out the lowercase letters, and have your kiddo match. For more durability, use a laminator, and attach the adhesive stickers!

And if you have a car fan, you have to try our free Alphabet Car and Parking Lot printable puzzle!

Educational Benefits of This DIY Alphabet Matching Puzzle

There are so many wonderful things that this simple puzzle can teach your child!

Letter Recognition: Every single time they pick up a letter and match the lowercase to the uppercase, they are putting the letters into their memory.

This is one of the earliest reading skills that children need before they start to put sounds together. Even children as young as toddlers can learn this part. 

Early Phonics: When children are ready for it, they can begin adding the sounds to the letters they pick up. 

Ask them, “Which letter makes the “sss sound?” and watch them reach for and match the S.

You can even modify this to teach your child how to read cursive. Print out the uppercase and lowercase letters in cursive. 

Then, ask them to match the letters together. Even if you aren’t going to teach them how to write the letters in cursive, being able read script fonts is an important skill they will need in life. 

Educational Benefits of This DIY Matching Alphabet Puzzle

There are so many wonderful things that this simple puzzle can teach your child!

Letter Recognition: Every single time they pick up a letter and match the lowercase to the uppercase, they are putting the letters into their memory.

This is one of the earliest reading skills that children need before they start to put sounds together. Even children as young as toddlers can learn this part. 

Early Phonics: When children are ready for it, they can begin adding the sounds to the letters they pick up. 

Ask them, “Which letter makes the “sss sound?” and watch them reach for and match the S.

You can even modify this to teach your child how to read cursive. Print out the uppercase and lowercase letters in cursive. 

Then, ask them to match the letters together. Even if you aren’t going to teach them how to write the letters in cursive, being able read script fonts is an important skill they will need in life. 

 

Store-Bought Alphabet Puzzles

Here are my top picks for the best alphabet puzzles you can buy!

Wooden Uppercase and Lowercase Matching Puzzle

This beautifully crafted interlocking wooden puzzle is a great way to explore uppercase and lowercase letters. 

ABC Picture Puzzles

This picture puzzle not only encourages letter recognition, but can be used for word creation, color recognition, memory, and fine motor skills!

Alphabet Popsicle Match

This hands on alphabet recognition game is a fun way to match uppercase and lowercase letters!

Alphabet Worm Puzzle

This fun puzzle is shaped like a worm. By including both lowercase and uppercase letters, this is a fun way for kids to be able to match the alphabet!

What’s Next?

Uppercase and Lowercase Letters: ABC Parking Lot

Uppercase and Lowercase Letters: ABC Parking Lot

Uppercase & Lowercase Letters: ABC Parking Lot

Use toy cars to match the lowercase letters with the uppercase letters. This DIY game requires minimal setup and is a playful hands on way to engage with alphabet recognition.

Toy Cars That Teach Letter Recognition

How many of us have extra cardboard just laying around the house (or in the garage)? I know I do! This game uses a leftover cardboard box and turns it into an alphabet parking lot puzzle.

The goal of this game is for your child to match the uppercase letters on the cars with the lowercase letters in the parking spots. Of course, after they match all the cars, the fun really begins – free play!

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Skills: 

Ages: 

Prep Time: 

Watch the Video to See The Lowercase and Uppercase Letters Game In Action

This is a really fun game that’s portable – so you can take it camping or in the car during long road trips. You can customize this board and make it any size that you want. If you have kids that are going to play with it together you could even add each letter twice, doubling the size of the parking lot.

Watch the video to see how a child will engage with this DIY puzzle. I love how this game not only teaches the alphabet, but also encourages independent play. Even after they match everything kids can play with the cars and roll them around on the board. 

Watch the Video to See The Lowercase and Uppercase Letters Game In Action

This is a really fun game that’s portable – so you can take it camping or in the car during long road trips. You can customize this board and make it any size that you want. If you have kids that are going to play with it together you could even add each letter twice, doubling the size of the parking lot.

Watch the video to see how a child will engage with this DIY puzzle. I love how this game not only teaches the alphabet, but also encourages independent play. Even after they match everything kids can play with the cars and roll them around on the board. 

How to Make This DIY Alphabet Parking Lot Puzzle 

The best thing about this game is that since it doesn’t have any strict rules, kids can play it as long as they want to. Even if they stop matching the cars to the correct letters, they are still seeing and interacting with the letters. 

When your children are ready to learn the sounds the letters make, ask them to park the “M” car in the spot that goes “Mmmm.” It’s a fun way to mix things up and challenge them.

Here’s a video that shows you how easy it is to make this DIY ABC Parking lot puzzle. It’s so simple to do and uses materials from around your house, which I’ve listed below with step-by step instructions.

Materials 

 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

On a piece of cardboard create a parking lot with parking spaces for the number of letters in your alphabet!

Step 2

Write the lowercase within each parking space.

 

Step 3

On dot stickers, write one uppercase letter on each sticker.

Step 4

Place the dot stickers on each car.

 

Step 1

On a piece of cardboard create a parking lot with parking spaces for the number of letters in your alphabet.

Step 2

Write the lowercase within each parking space.

Step 3

On dot stickers, write one uppercase letter on each sticker.

Step 4

Place the dot stickers on each car.

Free Printable of This ABC Parking Lot Puzzle

Don’t have time to create this DIY puzzle? No problem! I wanted to make things extra easy for busy parents and teachers by providing a FREE printable version of this activity!

You can also combine scissor skills with alphabet learning by allowing the child to cut out each of the car puzzle pieces!

Just print the pages, cut out the cars and match them to the corresponding lowercase letter in the parking lot!

And if you like this, don’t miss our FREE Number Parking Lot printable too!

Educational Benefits of The Alphabet Parking Lot Game

This educational game with toy cars isn’t just lots of fun, it teaches your child lots of important skills too.

The most obvious skill it teaches is print awareness. This is the very first step in teaching children that writing in English follows basic rules, such as “big” and “little” letters.

That leads directly to letter knowledge. As they match the uppercase and lowercase letters, they are identifying their names. This is also called letter recognition. It’s the first thing they learn when they get ready to read.

If you want to teach your children the sounds the letters make at the same time, just play along with them. When they park the d in the D spot, ask, “what sound does D make?” It’s one more way to prepare them for those reading skills they are going to need soon.

Another way to challenge older children with this game: Write out easy words on paper (like CAT). Ask them to drive to the parking spots and sound out and read the word.

Driving the cars into the parking spots also helps them develop hand-eye coordination too.

Educational Benefits of The Alphabet Parking Lot Game

This educational game with toy cars isn’t just lots of fun, it teaches your child lots of important skills too.

The most obvious skill it teaches is print awareness. This is the very first step in teaching children that writing in English follows basic rules, such as “big” and “little” letters.

That leads directly to letter knowledge. As they match the uppercase and lowercase letters, they are identifying their names. This is also called letter recognition. It’s the first thing they learn when they get ready to read.

If you want to teach your children the sounds the letters make at the same time, just play along with them. When they park the d in the D spot, ask, “what sound does D make?” It’s one more way to prepare them for those reading skills they are going to need soon.

Another way to challenge older children with this game: Write out easy words on paper (like CAT). Ask them to drive to the parking spots and sound out and read the word.

Driving the cars into the parking spots also helps them develop hand-eye coordination too.

Store-Bought Alphabet Games

Here are my top picks for the best alphabet games you can buy!

Wooden Uppercase and Lowercase Matching Puzzle

This beautifully crafted interlocking wooden puzzle is a great way to explore uppercase and lowercase letters. 

Alphabet Popsicles

Fantastic for the ice cream lover! This fun matching game is played with interlocking popsicles. Great for recognizing lowercase and uppercase letters!

Parking Lot Board Game

Here is a board game version of our DIY alphabet parking game! Match the lowercase letter labeled cars to the uppercase labeled parking spots!

ABC Picture Puzzles

This picture puzzle not only encourages uppercase and lowercase letter recognition, but can be used for word creation, color recognition, memory, and fine motor skills!

What’s Next?

Alphabet Painting Activity

Alphabet Painting Activity

Teach Letter Recognition with Alphabet Painting

Teach color and letter recognition with this alphabet painting activity. It encourages fine motor skills development too.

This activity is what I like to call a “super combo.” It teaches so many different skills and all your child thinks they are doing is squirting colorful water on a paper towel. I love it!

This activity takes minimal set up, but it will keep your little one occupied and learning for a nice extended time.

There are three main skills they will be working on  – color matching, letter recognition, and fine motor skills.

Your child has to match the letter to the color. Then, with their pincer grip, they squirt the matching color onto the letter.

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Skills: Alphabet, Fine Motor Skills, Arts & Crafts

Ages: 3 Years +

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Watch the Video to See it in Action!

Watch this video and see the alphabet painting project in action. Turn up the volume, you can hear me asking my son to locate the “yellow C” and he correctly squirts the yellow on the C. 

This is also building the blocks of following instructions and communication too.

Watch the Video to See it in Action!

Watch this video and see the alphabet painting project in action. Turn up the volume, you can hear me asking my son to locate the “yellow C” and he correctly squirts the yellow on the C. 

This is also building the blocks of following instructions and communication too.

How to Make an Alphabet Painting Activity

Here’s how to set up your own activity. It literally takes just a few minutes.  

Want to keep the fun times going? Write out shapes or numbers on other paper towels. This activity can also help teach preschoolers sight words.

You can use paintbrushes instead of droppers if that’s what you have – they both work just as well as each other.

Materials 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Use washable markers to write letters, numbers, or sight words, on an absorbent paper towel.

Step 2

Color water with liquid watercolor or food coloring to match the colors you used on the paper towel. I like liquid watercolor because you get more bang for your buck, the colors are deeply rich, and they are washable!

 

Step 3

Place the paper towel inside a deep serving tray.

Step 4

Instruct your child to use a dropper (or paintbrush) to squirt the colored water on the matching letter or number.  

Step 1

Use washable markers to write letters, numbers, or sight words, on an absorbent paper towel.

Step 2

Color water with liquid watercolor or food coloring to match the colors you used on the paper towel. I like liquid watercolor because you get more bang for your buck, the colors are deeply rich, and they are washable!

Step 3

Place the paper towel inside a deep serving tray.

Step 4

Instruct your child to use a dropper (or paintbrush) to squirt the colored water on the matching letter or number.

Educational Benefits of Alphabet Painting

There are so many things your child is learning as they play this activity with you. Here are the main things they are learning – and it’s all while having fun! 

#1 Fine Motor Skills

As your child grabs the dropper and squeezes it to release the colored water, they are strengthening their pincer muscles. These are needed for proper writing and other skills like tying their shoes and working zippers.

They can grow this skill when they use a paintbrush too.

#2 Letter Recognition

As you ask your child, “show me the red D” they are able to identify each letter in the alphabet. You can take this a step further and write out both uppercase and lowercase letters so they can begin recognizing both cases.

#3 Color Recognition

This activity also helps your child match the color of the letter with the colors in the droppers. If you have a really young child that is still learning how to speak, ask them to repeat after you. Repetition helps your child learn how to say the colors.

#4 Color Mixing Artwork

This is a wonderful art activity too. As your child squirts the colors on the paper towel, the colors are going to mix and create new shades and hues. As this happens, ask your child to tell you which two colors mixed and what the new color is. Dry the paper towel overnight and enjoy the tie dye-like artwork!

Educational Benefits of Alphabet Painting

There are so many things your child is learning as they play this activity with you. Here are the main things they are learning – and it’s all while having fun! 

#1 Fine Motor Skills

As your child grabs the dropper and squeezes it to release the colored water, they are strengthening their pincer muscles. These are needed for proper writing and other skills like tying their shoes and working zippers.

They can grow this skill when they use a paintbrush too.

#2 Letter Recognition

As you ask your child, “show me the red D” they are able to identify each letter in the alphabet. You can take this a step further and write out both uppercase and lowercase letters so they can begin recognizing both cases.

#3 Color Recognition

This activity also helps your child match the color of the letter with the colors in the droppers. If you have a really young child that is still learning how to speak, ask them to repeat after you. Repetition helps your child learn how to say the colors.

#4 Color Mixing Artwork

This is a wonderful art activity too. As your child squirts the colors on the paper towel, the colors are going to mix and create new shades and hues. As this happens, ask your child to tell you which two colors mixed and what the new color is. Dry the paper towel overnight and enjoy the tie dye-like artwork!

Store-Bought Alphabet Activities

Here are my top picks for activities that will help your children recognize letters in the alphabet.

Alphabet Popsicle Match 

This hands on alphabet recognition game is a fun way to match uppercase and lowercase letters!

Alphabet Maze 

This wooden board is not only great for learning the alphabet while matching the letters, but also fantastic for fine motor skills!

Alphabet Magnets 

Magnetic letters are such a fun classic! Kids love sticking the colorful magnets – encourage them to pull out specific letters

Alphabet Puzzle 

This handmade wooden puzzle is beautifully crafted with the option to include a peg which is great for babies and young toddlers!

What’s Next?

The Best Letter Recognition Game for Preschoolers

The Best Letter Recognition Game for Preschoolers

The Best Letter Recognition Game for Preschoolers!

Alphabet Recognition Game

Looking for a fun way to play with the ABCs? This letter recognition game, using disposable spoons and a cardboard box, is a great homemade alternative or complement to flashcards and worksheets!

An alphabet game that can be made on a budget!

There is nothing more satisfying than making a fun game for letter recognition while using everyday items you can likely find around the house! And the big backs of the spoons make for a perfect space to write on. What’s better than learning letters? Learning letters while improving fine motors skills! This activity is great for exercising those little hand muscles as they drop the spoons into the small slots!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Skills: Alphabet, Arts & Crafts

Ages: 2–3 Years

Prep Time: 30 Min

Watch the video to see this game being played!

Children can enjoy matching the letters and poking them into the cardboard box. This version of the game involves matching uppercase letters for building recognition skills, but this set up is a great way to play with matching upper and lowercases. Numbers would work well too. And for toddlers, you could skip the alphabet altogether, and have them match colors!

Watch the video to see this game being played!

Children can enjoy matching the letters and poking them into the cardboard box. This version of the game involves matching uppercase letters for building recognition skills, but this set up is a great way to play with matching upper and lowercases. Numbers would work well too. And for toddlers, you could skip the alphabet altogether, and have them match colors!

Speaking of colors, you might be wondering: why color coordinate the letters into sections? I used colors because it can be a helpful guide for children who are still learning where letters fall within the alphabet. Skip this step if your little ones are more familiar with their ABCs!

Materials 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Grab an old cardboard box and write each letter of the alphabet, outlining in black for a bolder appearance!

Step 2

Now, write each letter on the bowl of your disposable spoon.

Step 3

Use a sharp knife to cut slits into the cardboard box for each letter, and your alphabet game is ready to be played!

Step 1

Grab an old cardboard box and write each letter of the alphabet, outlining in black for a bolder appearance!

Step 2

Now, write each letter on the bowl of your disposable spoon.

Step 3

Use a sharp knife to cut slits into the cardboard box for each letter, and your alphabet game is ready to be played!

When do kids start learning the alphabet?

While every child learns at a different pace, letter recognition typically begins between 3 and 4 years old. This is when they also begin to associate sounds with letters. Of course, singing the ABC Song to babies and toddlers is a great way to provide early exposure. By age 5-6, when children are in Kindergarten, it is common for them to be able to recognize all the letters in the alphabet.

When do kids start learning the alphabet?

While every child learns at a different pace, letter recognition typically begins between 3 and 4 years old. This is when they also begin to associate sounds with letters. Of course, singing the ABC Song to babies and toddlers is a great way to provide early exposure. By age 5-6, when children are in Kindergarten, it is common for them to be able to recognize all the letters in the alphabet.

Four Alphabet Learning Toys

Need some ideas for store-bought toys that are great for fine motor skill development Here are my top picks of toys for toddlers that are great for strengthening hand muscles, with a particular focus on pincher grasp!

Alphabet Unit Blocks

These large scale building blocks are not only great for letter recognition and spelling, but are great for building fun too!

Magnetized Alphabet Building Blocks 

This is such a unique way to form letters, and can also be used to build other shapes!

Magnetic Writing Board 

One side lowercase, the other side is uppercase. Not just great for letter recognition, but wonderful for pre-writing!

Popsicle Alphabet Match

One side lowercase, the other side is uppercase. Not just great for letter recognition, but wonderful for pre-writing!

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