Looking for ways to spice up your letter matching activities this winter? Look no further! These alphabet printables feature a fun snowman graphic that will instantly grab your students’ attention. They will love finding each snowman letter to match with its upper/lowercase letter. I also love this free alphabet matching printable because it fits perfectly with the ever-popular snowman theme.
Why Are Letter Activities For Preschool Important?
PRACTICING LETTER NAMES AND LETTER SOUNDS with preschoolers
PRESCHOOL TEACHERS CAN HELP ALL OF THEIR STUDENTS SUCCESSFULLY LEARN LETTERS AND SOUNDS BY PROVIDING A VARIETY OF HANDS-ON LEARNING ACTIVITIES ALL YEAR.
It might seem like some of your students aren’t ready, or interested in, alphabet letter matching games and activities. The key is to keep them curious with engaging literacy centers, games, and activities, like the snowman activity for preschool!
I always introduce alphabet uppercase and lowercase matching activities to the whole group first. Play with a few letters at circle time. Then, as students become comfortable with exactly how to play, I would move the activity to the literacy center, or have the students play in partners or small groups.
Alphabet worksheets and alphabet games are easily differentiated because you can always alter the number of letters you give each child. Some are ready to master five at a time, while others should stick with a smaller number.
Consider how you might meet the needs of all your learners:
- Offer sets of five/ten letters at a time
- Begin working on letter sounds for those that master letter names
- Ensure students know each set inside and out before introducing more letters
- Begin with the letters in each student’s name
How Do I Use The Snowman Alphabet Matching Free Printable?
MATCHING LETTERS with preschoolers
USE THE CARDS IN MULTIPLE WAYS! CONSIDER IMPLEMENTING THE ACTIVITY IN A WAY THAT MEETS THE NEEDS OF YOUR UNIQUE LEARNERS. THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY TO USE THE SNOWMAN LETTER ACTIVITY!
All you need to do is print the snowman alphabet match pages onto white card stock, cut the cards, and laminate them for durability.
Create multiple sets, or use one set with the whole class or small groups as a guided activity.
Tie in other curricular areas to keep your students interested, like building a snowman outside or reading the book, “Snowmen at Night,” by Caralyn Buehner.
The snowman activity cards are diverse enough to use for many other literacy activities!
Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn Letters?
It’s never too early to begin exposing young learners to the written code of our language. Even toddler activities begin to build a strong foundation for learning to read later.
Predicts Success: Research shows a strong correlation between learning letter names and remembering written words. It will help preschoolers learn to read later!
Creates Interest: Learning the “code” of our language piques the interest of children. Later, when it’s time to learn to read sounds and words, this motivation can be highly effective.
Fine Motor: Offering alphabet tracing activities, creating letters with playdough, or drawing letters in sand will strengthen fine motor skills necessary for handwriting.
Automaticity: Automaticity is important when learning to decode words. The more fluently children can recognize letters and sounds, the easier it will be for them to put them together into words and sight words..
Materials needed for the Snowman Alphabet Matching Activity for Preschool:
- Card stock or regular paper (depending on preference)
- Laminator (optional)
How to Make the Snowman Alphabet Matching Game
Print two copies of the letter cards on cardstock or scrapbook paper. I like to use patterned paper so the cards are not see-through.
Cut the cards apart. Laminate for durability, if you wish. Cut the letters apart.
To play the 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.
Extend the Activity:
Sensory Bin: Hide laminated letter cards in a winter sensory bin for students to sift through and make letter matches.
Hide-n-Seek: Hide one set of letters around the room and line up the other set on a table. Time the students to see how long it takes to find all the letters and place them next to their appropriate match.
Sequencing: Sing the alphabet while putting the cards in ABC order. Use either uppercase or lowercase cards.
Initial Sounds: Cut and place one snowman letter card on each page, then have children find pictures in magazines that begin with each sound.
Winter Names: Students can make special name tags by cutting out each letter of their name and gluing it to a strip of paper.
Snowman Craft: Make a snowman craft where each circle of the snowman’s body spells a letter in your child’s name.