Alphabet Egg Puzzle Match Up
- Alphabet Egg Puzzle: The premise of this activity is super-simple, which makes it a favorite of ours. Twenty-six eggs are zig-zagged in half; the top part of the egg has an uppercase letter, and the bottom part has its matching lowercase letter. That’s it. Printed on color paper or white & have your child "decorate their eggs" before you "crack them". This activity is perfect for helping children recognize upper and lowercase letter pairs.
I took the egg halves out of the bag and said, Okay, today we’re going to play a quick game of Alphabet Egg Hunt. All of these eggs have lost their partners, so it’s our job to help them find their friends. Here I have a uppercase letter ‘A’. Let’s search for it’s partner–the lowercase ‘a’. Is this letter or this letter its match? (They were not, so I tried another two.) Hmmm, I just cannot find the lowercase ‘a’. Who can find it?
After all of the letters had been matched, we put the letters in alphabetical order. This final step is a nice way of wrapping up the game, or you can skip it to save time.
For next time, I might:
- Match all of the letters incorrectly and have them correct them;
- Pull out some confusing letters and focus only on them–p/d/q/b;
- Put all of the uppercase OR lowercase letters in order, then turn the other half of letters upside down and take turns flipping them and putting them with their matches;
- Hide all or half of the letters around the room and have them search for letter matches (this facilitates more activity, of course), then bring their matches to a certain location to put them in order.
Okay, I have to–this was an egg-cellent way of incorporating some letter learning into our day. Any way that we can reinforce alphabet learning is worth setting aside a tiny bit of time for.
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