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Our Christmas break is now a distant memory and the long cold winter days are really setting in. We haven’t seen any snow yet, but I don’t think it’s too far away. To brighten up the winter gloom, we have been warming up our learning with some cheerful heart-themed activities. Warm up little fingers as you clip together matching lowercase and uppercase letters with this hands-on Valentine Letter Match Activity!
*Pair with our Valentine’s Day Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Valentine Letter Match Activity
My daughter’s confidence in recognizing lowercase letters is rising every week. She is even starting to read out little words in her weekly Fun Reader books from school. To further step up her learning at home after school, I have started to introduce her to the uppercase letters that match the lowercase letters she has already learned in her Kindergarten class.
Little Miss B loves to play when she comes home from school, so I set up this fun game to engage her in a spot of letter learning fun!
To begin this Valentine letter match, first gather your materials:
How to Prep
First, I cut out a selection of pink and purple heart shapes from construction paper. Next, I wrote out the lowercase letters onto the pink hearts and the matching uppercase letters onto the purple hearts.
Then, I added a cute little face to each of the clothespins to help turn the two clipped hearts into beautiful butterflies.
Adding clothespins to the game is a great way to add in a fine motor skills element and warm up little hands and fingers on a cold day.
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Playing the Game
To play, I simply called out each of the letters and asked my daughter to first find the lowercase letter and then the matching uppercase letter. I stepped in to help when she was struggling.
She clipped each of the pairs together with the clothespins and then had fun flying them all around the room.
Adapting the Game for a Small Group
If working in small groups, the first player selects a lowercase letter and calls it out to the rest of the group. They must then find the corresponding uppercase letter and use one of the clothespins to clip the two together.
If the player matches the two correctly, then they get to hang on to the “Butterfly.” If not, then the two hearts get returned to the table and play passes to the next person.
Continue to play taking turns around the table until all of the letter hearts have been made into matching pairs.
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