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!
Materials Needed for the Pumpkin Alphabet Matching Game:
- Paper or cardstock
- laminating pouches and laminator (for sturdiness in repeated use)
- pencil for recording sheet
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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.