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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!

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