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This Christmas-themed letter matching alphabet game will give kids a hands-on opportunity to work on letter recognition this holiday season!
The letter game is designed to help children learn the alphabet by matching capital letters and their respective lowercase letters.
Playing alphabet matching games is a fun and interactive way for kids to improve their literacy skills. They will have a blast trying to match all the letter ornaments to the correct Christmas tree!
This fun activity does take a little time to prep. Cutting out the ornaments can be a bear, but the effort it takes to prepare this Christmas activity for preschoolers will be well worth it when your little ones master recognizing letters of the alphabet!
What Kids Learn From Letter Matching Games
Letter matching games can help foster critical thinking and problem solving skills in young children. They help to efficiently teach letter identification and help kids to remember the distinctive shapes of different letters.
By actively engaging with the game, rather than merely viewing it, they learn important logical strategies while also gaining recognition of different symbols and shapes.
Games that encourage letter recognition help to form a strong foundation for subsequent literacy development which is essential for success in school.
Letter Matching Alphabet Game
You can use it as an individual activity or add it to your literacy centers in December. It’s perfect for classroom and homeschool use.
- 26 Christmas tree cards
- 104 ornaments (4 for each letter)
What You’ll Need
- printer paper
- velcro dots (optional)
To access the free printables, enter your email address in the box at the bottom of the post.
Then, download the worksheets to your computer and print the ones you want to use.
Feel free to make as many copies of these letter cards and game pieces that you need for your kiddos.
Preparing the Activity
To get started, I suggest you print all of the pages on cardstock. It’s sturdier than regular printer paper and can stand up to repeated use. Laminating the pages before cutting them out will add yet another layer of durability.
Then, just cut it all out. I use a paper cutter to cut out the tree cards. It makes that part go much quicker than cutting out all of the circles on the last few pages.
Once you’ve got all of the pieces cut out, you’re all set! You can also put velcro dots on each circle and on the back of each ornament, if you’d like.
This alphabet matching game is perfect for your educational activities this holiday season.
Completing the Activity
I suggest starting with just two or three of the Christmas tree cards. Have your child identify the letter featured on the Christmas tree card. Then, search through the ornaments for four more of that letter – two uppercase letters and two lower case letters.
Place the ornaments on the circles on the correct tree to decorate the alphabet trees.
As your kids become more proficient with the 2 or 3 cards you started with, add a few more. Continue doing this until your kids can correctly sort all of the ornaments onto the correct Christmas trees.
Teaching Letter Recognition
It’s never too early to work on letter recognition. This is one of the most important skills a child will learn. Teaching children how to read starts with learning their ABC’s. And, this activity is perfect for your preschool and kindergarten literacy center.
Because books and printed materials use a wide variety of fonts, it’s important for kids to be able to recognize the alphabet in a variety of fonts.
Activities like this one are a fun way to have kids learn to differentiate one letter from another as each set of letter ornaments features a different font.
Christmas Tree Books for Kids
Christmas tree books for kids have become a popular way to celebrate the holidays with young readers. While these books featuring a festive evergreen as its focal point may not be as traditional as some carols or stories, they can often be filled with fun holiday-themed visuals and underlying messages.
Christmas tree books for kids also come in different varieties, from those focused on nature to page-turners about Santa’s antics.
By introducing children to the joy of a book featuring a Christmas tree, librarians and parents can inspire the little ones in their lives to read more during the season of giving, while simultaneously providing them with a source of entertainment.
Here are a few of our favorites:
- The Littlest Christmas Tree by R. A. Herman
- Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht
- Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry
- Christmas Tree Book by Tomie de Paola
- Let’s Get a Christmas Tree by Lori Houran
More Christmas Activities for Kids
- Christmas Color by Letter Worksheets
- Pinecone Christmas Tree Craft
- Christmas Books for Preschoolers
- Christmas Tree Name Craft for Kids from Simple Everyday Mom
- Fizzy Christmas Tree Science Experiment from Living LIfe & Learning
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