Lions, tigers, and bears. Oh, my! Don’t forget about those monkeys! There’s something about zoo animals that fascinates children. Zoo theme preschool lessons are a great way to explore a variety of curricular objectives and learn about zoo animals in the process!

This monkey alphabet game combines adorable monkeys (reading books, of course) and yummy bananas for a letter matching game that is simply “zoo-licious.”

The Monkey and Banana Alphabet Matching Game Printable is a FREE alphabet matching activity for preschool! Your students will LOVE the monkey graphics so much they won’t even realize they’re learning valuable stuff! This printable is a perfect fit for your zoo animal theme preschool classroom. Print and prepare for loads of independent exploration and learning about letters.

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Recommended Grade Level:

Monkey & Banana Alphabet Matching Supplies:

  • Printer/Ink
  • Paper Cutter
  • Scrapbook Paper (optional)
  • Laminating Supplies (optional)

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Teaching Uppercase and Lowercase Letters in Pre-K:

ALPHABET GAMES FOR PRESCHOOLERS

As adults, we quickly forget what it was like to learn the English “code” of letters, sounds, rules, and variations. If you can see through the eyes of a child for a moment, you might remember that letters are nothing more than shapes and lines.

Teaching children the alphabet allows them to feel confident as learners when they move forward to learn the sounds of each letter.

Learning letter names forms an important foundational concept of print, which is the idea that letters are a code that represent sounds that we put together in specific ways to make words.

Although children don’t need to know all 26 letter names before learning the sounds, this concrete background information helps tie the new information (sounds) to the letter name.

It just makes good sense to introduce young learners to letter names and sounds as soon as they are interested. Preschool teachers should use lots of repetition and lots of hands-on learning projects for students to explore and retain letter names in their own time. Worksheets and rote memorization are not the best options!

Learning the Alphabet in Preschool

ALPHABET GAMES FOR PRESCHOOLERS

FUN GAMES AND ACTIVITIES MAKE LEARNING MORE MEANINGFUL FOR CHILDREN.

The more hands-on experiences you give kids with letters, the more they will learn! It’s simple: Learning sticks when we provide opportunities for kids to actively engage and explore on a consistent basis.

You don’t need to create elaborate games for kids for letter matching and word games. Just look at the supplies around you and see how you might implement a game or activity that lets young kids explore and learn.

This one simple game reinforces important skills:

  • Letter visual discrimination
  • Letter names
  • Letter sounds
  • Focus/Concentration
Paint Alphabet Matching game for preschool

Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn Letters?

The alphabet matching game printable (free) is a great way to help young learners develop into overall well-rounded students. Although it seems far-off, it’s one step closer to understanding proper nouns and more!

Visual Discrimination

Learning letter names requires the ability to see different lines, shapes, angles, and formations. Ultimately, this improves visual acuity and discrimination.

Memory

Kindergarten worksheets and games that require matching provide hands-on practice that supports memory growth, which letter helps to learn sight words.

Coping Skills

Many children find the alphabet matching free printable calming. Since matching the letters requires concentration, it can teach children a healthy way to relax.

Social Skills

If you choose to implement the matching activity as a game, it gives students important opportunities to take turns, follow rules, and behave with good sportsmanship.

Materials for the Monkey and Banana Matching Game:

  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Laminating Pouches
  • Laminator

How to Make the Monkey & Banana Theme Alphabet Matching Game

Step One:

Print two copies of the alphabet matching free printable letter cards on cardstock or scrapbook paper. I like to use patterned paper so the cards are not see-through.

Step Two:

Cut the cards apart. Laminate for durability, if you wish. Cut the letters apart.

Step Three:

To play the alphabet letter matching game, lay the cards out face down in a grid. Take turns turning over two cards. If the uppercase letter matches with the lowercase letter, it’s a match! Players keep all matches and go again until they turn over two unlike cards. Keep playing until all cards are matched.

Grasping and flipping cards over an over again is wonderful for fine motor skills!

If you don’t want to play a memory game, you can deal out one set of the alphabet matching cards printable and place the other set in a draw pile. Players take turns drawing a card from the draw pile. If they have a match in their hand, they can keep it and draw again. If not, play moves to the next person (think Go Fish)!

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Sequencing

Make another engaging learning activity with either set of letters, mix them up, and see if children can put them in ABC order.

Letter Sounds

After students master the alphabet upper and lowercase letter matching challenge, use the flash cards to explore letter sounds.

Play Dough

Engage the sense of touch by using the letter cards as playdough mats to practice forming each uppercase letter.

Name Necklace

Use yarn and a hole-punch to assemble cookie chain necklaces using the letters in students’ first names.

Process Art

Print the cards on regular paper to use with an art activity or painting activity where you roll marbles through tempera paint to make designs.

Face Up

Use the free alphabet matching printable for an easier game by placing cards face up in a grid. The same rules apply, but kids can see all the cards.

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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