Learning the alphabet can be fun and engaging, especially if you have some great games on hand! Matching games are great for learning the upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet, and my students are always excited to see what themes we have next! For fall, we are super excited to match letters with a pumpkin theme with this pumpkin seed alphabet match!
Tools you’ll need
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AlphaOops!: The Day Z Went FirstP Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book EverEating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z (Voyager Books)Wild Animal Babies: An Alphabet BookTouchThinkLearn: ABC (Baby Board Books, Baby Touch and Feel Books, Sensory Books for Toddlers)Bugs A to Z
Playing the Matching Game
To play this game, print out the pumpkin cards, the pumpkin seeds, and the recording sheet. Cut out the pumpkins and seeds and separate them into two rows or piles. You can decide if you want to match a few letters at a time or all 26. Sometimes it is fun to start out with the letters you are focusing on, and then increase the difficulty after a few tries by adding more letters.
Have your child or student pick an uppercase pumpkin and find it’s matching lowercase seed. Place the seed on the pumpkin to make a match!
After the matches are made, you can record some of them on the recording sheet using a pencil or crayon (or in a sheet protector with a dry erase marker too!) This is a great option for classroom use in a center to have students show their work, or at home as well to practice printing letters.
Our Favorite Pumpkin Books:
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Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
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How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow?Big PumpkinToo Many PumpkinsThe Berenstain Bears and the Prize PumpkinThe Biggest Pumpkin EverSplat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan: Includes More Than 30 Stickers!How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? (Mr. Tiffin’s Classroom Series)You’re My Little Pumpkin Pie
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