I’ve found that matching upper and lowercase letters is a great way to reinforce learning letters for preschoolers. Of course, making it fun is really what works!
We did just that using our ABC mat (affiliate link if you’re interested). A toy I completely forgot about.
Do you ever forget you have certain toys? You put them away, thinking you’ll rotate them in or something, but then never do?
Our ABC mat is one of those toys. It’s one I don’t want out all the time because the boys just get all the pieces out and they’re strewn about the house for days and days.
So I put it away, back in the closet, so they wouldn’t see it and drag it out.
I forgot what a great learning tool it could be though! I forgot about it altogether.
When the boys were outside sledding with Dad, I snuck it out and set up an ABC road to work on matching upper and lowercase letters.
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George came in first, which was perfect! This letter learning activity was perfect for him to practice lowercase letters.
As I wrote lowercase letters of the alphabet on sticky notes, George found his vehicle of choice, a dump truck.
I “loaded” his dump truck with 3 or 4 lowercase letters at a time.
As I loaded it, I asked George what the letters were. We’re still working on many of the lowercase letters. If he needed help, this is when I’d tell him what they were.
Then he was off to find the matching uppercase letter on the ABC road and stick the lowercase letter to it.
The goal was to fill all the ABC road with its matching lowercase counterparts.
I purposefully didn’t make the road go around our loop in the house. I didn’t want it to get out of control as my kids often do.
It was time for me to start preparing dinner, so I set the road up so it didn’t go through the kitchen or by the dining room table.
After George found the three matching letters, he’d come back to me to give him another load of letters.
There was some confusion at times. For instance, when matching the upper and lowercase letters like L – the lowercase is ‘l’ which looks like the uppercase ‘I’, so I had to clarify. Same with the M and W. No biggie.
Then Henry joined us and immediately wanted to do the activity too!
Well, Henry’s in first grade and matching upper and lowercase letters is a little behind him.
I kicked it up a notch and used words.
I wrote a word on the sticky note that began with each letter.
Still not the toughest of tasks for him. But he did have to read the word to me before finding what letter it goes on.
I wish I could have come up with harder words for him.
I just didn’t take a lot of time to plan that part out.
The boys were done with their learning after they got through their letters.
They then raced their trucks around the road until time for dinner.
If they had wanted to continue, I had numbers ready for George as well.
And Henry would have had subtraction problems to equal each number 0-9.
We’ve been working on matching upper and lowercase letters a lot (and for quite a while!):