Does any one else’s child have a hard time sitting down doing preschool workbooks and other workbook activities? My little girl will do them on occasion, but most of the time she’d rather her and I discuss different letter sounds together, count, sing the ABCs, or play learning games. It’s been a bit of a struggle, but I just have to remember that we all have different learning styles and maybe those workbooks just don’t fit in with Alea’s more kinesthetic learning style. And there’s nothing wrong with that!
So, to work with Alea’s learning style a little better, I decided to put together a little hands-on activity. To add a little creativity to our activity I decided to use Juicy Juice juice boxes and Crayola colored pencils! Thus this fun little uppercase and lower case matching game was born. We had a blast making this together + I hope you and your littles have a blast playing it together as well!
1. The two printables listed below
2. Juicy Juice juice boxes (There’s special Crayola coupons located in these packages!)
5. Crayola colored pencils
For Printable — CLICK HERE
For Printable — CLICK HERE
1. Print the printables out + cut out the flags and labels.
2. Cut open the juice boxes by flipping the side flaps out first and cutting them off. Then cut the tops of the juice boxes out. Make sure to rinse them well.
3. Cut out the flags + the labels from the printables.
4. Attach the uppercase labels to the juice box containers. (I attached one letter to each side of the juice box so there was a total of two letters per juice box to save on space and the number of juice boxes used.
5. Attach each lower case letter flag to a colored pencil.
How to Play:
1. Put all the labeled colored pencils in a jar.
2. Have your little one pick out a pencil and match it to it’s uppercase lettered juice box.
3. Repeat until all of the juice boxes are filled!
Honestly, Alea blew me away with how well she was able to match her lowercase letters to their uppercase matches. I could have sworn it was just yesterday that I was teaching her to sing her ABCs and now she’s got her uppercase and lowercase letters down pat. She even added her own twist to our matching game (all on her own). Instead of just matching the letters, she’d sound out the letter until she found it’s uppercase match! It was just about the cutest thing to hear her say “buh-buh-buh-buh-BEE” and “ah-ah-ah-ah-A!” It made this mommy awfully proud knowing that we could play a simple little game and she could learn at the same time! Those are the best kinds of games after all, aren’t they?
How do you keep your kids learning? What are your favorite learning games to play with your little ones?