Spring is one of my girls favorite time of year because they get to head outside and enjoy the beautiful weather! One of their favorite things to do is butterfly watching! We have a large plant in our backyard that attracts lots of Monarch butterflies every year. That’s where I got the idea of creating a fun Butterfly Letter Matching Game for my youngest daughter!
Materials needed to create your Spring Letter Matching Game:
- Construction paper
- Velcro stickers
- Permanent marker
- Laminating machine
- Shape puncher
To create your pieces cut out butterflies using different colors of construction paper. You don’t have to cut too many out because we will be laminating them and using velcro so that they are re-usable.
Using a large shape puncher cut out 52 shapes for your upper case and lower case letters.
Using a permanent marker write all the letters of the alphabet in upper case on one stack of your shape punchers and the other group will be your lower case letters.
Add a piece of velcro on each butterfly wing and the opposite velcro side to your alphabet pieces.
If your child is just starting to learn their upper and lower case letters I suggest doing them in groups so that they do not get overwhelmed. You want your child to enjoy finding the letters that match together and see it as a game.
One of the things that I like to do and always recommend with young learners is to have an area where the alphabet is displayed. You definitely do not have to have an entire wall covering like we do, but just a small alphabet plate or label on a table will do. I actually have one for my oldest daughter on her school table that I stick down with contact paper. That way she always has a reference right in front of her.
My youngest is beginning to learn upper and lower case recognition, so I always have her look for the letters on our wall before having her find the flower petal that matches the butterfly wins. I also usually have her face the wall so it’s easy for her to look right up to find the letters, rather than turning around. I wanted to use our school background for pictures 🙂
Instead of cutting separate pieces for the upper and lower case letters you can also write the letters on each wing. Then cut the wings and have your child match each colored wings to the correct letter.
Hope you enjoy this months fun Butterfly Letter Matching Game for your preschoolers.
What learning games or activities does your child like to play?