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Popsicle Stick ABC Match Game

Learning the ABCs is important for kids, as we know. Without having the basic letter identification skills, children will not be able to learn to read and write. Even though it is such a crucial skill to learn, that doesn’t mean it needs to be basic or boring for them. We can provide activities that are easy to set up, fun for the kids and will help them strengthen pivotal skills. This Popsicle Stick ABC Match Game is a fun way for toddler, preschool, pre k, and kindergarten age kids to practice matching alphabet letters!

Popsicle Stick ABC Match Game - this alphabet activity is such a fun way for toddler, preschool, pre k, and kindergarten age children to practice matching upper and lowercase letters while having FUN with a hands on learning activity!

ABC Match Game

As a mom, I LOVE the activities that are easy for me to set up for my kids. I don’t have hours upon hours to prepare learning activities for them. That means, activities such as this letter match fits into the category of my favorite. I had it all prepared within 10 minutes! TEN MINUTES!

colorful popsicle sticks, ziplock bag, rubbing alcohol, and dry erase marker

The first thing I did was take the label off of the ziplock bag. You can use quart size or gallon size, we only had gallon so that is what I went with. Taking the label off, though, is super easy. Grab some rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball. That’s it. Alcohol will take it off in seconds.

write lowercase alphabet letters from a to z on each of the popsicle sticks
Next, grab a sharpie or other permanent marker. Write all of the letters on the ziplock bag, also on the end of the popsicle sticks.

write uppercase alphabet letters neatly on ziplock bag

Which type of letters you write should be determined by the skills that your child needs to work on. For beginners, you could do both uppercase letters on both the bag and the popsicle sticks. If your child is ready to move onto lowercase, you could do that on both. If your child is ready for more of an advanced activity you could do lowercase on the popsicle sticks and uppercase on the bag. I put uppercase on the bag. For the popsicle stick, I did uppercase on one side and lowercase on the other. This makes it easy to mix it up for my kids.

fun alphabet matching game

Alphabet Matching Game

When the activity is all prepped, there are a few ways that you can play.

We started by putting the popsicle sticks into a pile and my daughter picked one. She would identify the letter on the popsicle stick, slide it into the opening of the bag and match it to the identical letter.

teacher tip to erase marker on ziplock bag
You could also put the popsicle sticks in a random order, laid flat on the table. Ask your child to pick up the popsicle sticks one by one, in alphabetical order, and match them.  You can play however you would like, but those are a few ideas.

This can be taken on the road too or to a restaurant. Grab a paper or plastic cup to hold the popsicle sticks while they play. 

FREE A to Z Letter Find- super cute printable abc worksheets to help kids practice letter recognition of both uppercase and lowercase letters. Perfect for toddler, preschool, and kindergarten age kids #alphabet #preschool #kindergarten alphabet coloring pages

ABC Printables

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About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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