Here is a really cool letter matching activity for kids using craft sticks. It’s easy to put together and will help your child develop their skills in recognising letters of the alphabet, learn the difference between upper and lower case letters and play a variety of literacy games at home or school.
I’ve spoken to you previously about Possum’s current obsession with learning letters. Well, it continues. You might remember one of my most recent posts that you guys loved, it taught upper and lower case letters using a paper plate. This time I’m taking a slightly different approach and using brightly coloured craft sticks.
Letter matching activity for kids using craft sticks
To make this great literacy teaching tool, you will need –
- Jumbo Craft Sticks (coloured)
- Black marker
- Zip lock bag (optional)
Simply draw all the letters of the alphabet on each craft stick. Use the same coloured stick for the upper case and lower case letters. You may also want to repeat the coloured sticks in a pattern (red, green, blue, red, green, blue) as it will support those children who need it.
There are many, many ways that your child can use this craft sticks with letters of the alphabet on them. Here are a few that might interest your child.
Ordering the letters of the alphabet
You might like to separate your alphabet craft sticks into two groups, upper case letters and lower case letters. Depending on what you would like your child to focus on, see if your child would like to order them as best they can according to the letters of the alphabet.
Depending on your child’s ability to recognise the letters of the alphabet, ask your child to see how many upper and lower case letters they can match together. You can also as them to identify which upper and lower case letters look the same, just the size is different.
Make a word
Some children might be able to make words using the alphabet craft sticks. Because each letter is written on a single craft stick, arranging and rearranging the letters is easily done.
Children might like to also focus on phonic blends or diagraphs and see how many words they can make. These words can also be recorded on a piece of paper.
If your child is not be ready to match the letters of the alphabet, you may wish to have them group the craft sticks in colours. It’s a great little challenge and a great way to help support children in learning colour names.
Upper vs lower case letters
Your child might be familiar with some letters being upper case and some being lower case. Give your child some time to read each letter and make a decision on which of the two groups they belong.
This letter matching activity for kids using craft sticks also makes a fabulous busy bag. I added the craft sticks to a zip lock bag and that way they are kept together and contained. Your child can improve their letter recognition, make connections between upper and lower case letters and more.
Would your child enjoy playing with these craft sticks?
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