I’m always on the lookout for simple preschool projects because I don’t have a lot of time to plan an extravagant homeschool preschool day, but I still want to do fun things with my younger crew.
I’ve mentioned before that this school year we have been enjoying the projects in A Year of Playing Skillfully (read my review of A Year of Playing Skillfully!). In the curriculum there was an alphabet project that involved stickers and an empty paper towel roll, but I couldn’t find an empty paper towel roll on the day I wanted to do the project (if you look closely in the photos, you’ll see a toilet paper roll – didn’t work, just in case you’re wondering). So, I decided to improvise!
If you read my review of A Year of Playing Skillfully, you’ll see that I improvise quite a bit because you don’t have to do a project perfectly for the concepts to still be there, and if you wait for everything to be perfect, you might find you never get around to trying anything!
Alphabet Matching Preschool Project
The concept you are trying to teach your preschooler in this project is recognizing and matching letters. Matching letters familiarizes your child with their upper case and lower case letters, and helps their little brains to problem solve.
So, instead of using a paper towel roll, I simply wrote all of the upper case letters on one piece of paper, and all of the lower case letters on another. Then, using alphabet stickers, Creed searched for the letters on each page and stuck the stickers to the correct letter.
Creed had so much fun looking for the letters on the page. It was a little a little treasure hunt! You do want to be careful that the alphabet stickers you choose are not overly ornate or difficult to read.
Other ways to do this project:
- Use a paper towel roll and stickers (as AYOPS suggested)
- Write the letters in order on a piece of paper and show your child mixed up alphabet flashcards and have them find the corresponding letter on the page.
- Place letters around the house and have your child go on a treasure hunt to match their flashcards to the letters they find.
- Use a magnetic dry erase board and write a letter and have your child find the corresponding letter magnet.