Sunday, March 25, 2012

A to Z Spoon Matchup

  • 26 clear spoons
  • 26 white or colored spoons
  • cardstock
  • printer
  • laminator (optional)
  • sharpie marker

How to Make:
Print out the A to Z spoon cards from here. Cut out the rows and laminate if desired. On one set of spoons write the uppercase letters using a sharpie. On the other set of spoons write the lowercase letter.

How to Use:
Set out the alphabet cards so they are in a long line. Have your child match the upper case and lower case spoons to the letters on the cards.


Easy - Only give your child one set of spoons - upper or lowercase OR set out one or two cards at a time, and give your child only the correct matching spoons.

Advanced - Mix up the cards so they aren't in alphabetical order.

Alternate Activities:
  1. Object Match - Give your child small items to place on the cards or spoons, like "cotton ball" for "c."
  2. Picnic - Sit on a blanket with the spoons in a basket, bowl or bag. Each person pulls a spoon out of the picnic basket and says a food or drink that starts with that letter/sound. Pretend to eat the food with the spoon.
  3. Pick-up Spoons (Advanced fine motor skills) - Dump the spoons out in a pile. Like the "pick-up sticks" game, try to pick up a spoon without moving the others. Say the spoon's sound or a word that starts with that letter.
  4. 26 Spoon Pick-Up -  Dump the spoons out. Choose a letter sound and ask your child to find the spoon that makes that sound. Continue until all spoons have been picked up. Advanced - ask your child to find the spoon that is the first letter of a word.
  5. Word Families (Advanced) - Select 2-3 spoons that make a common syllable, e.g. "at" or "ake." Help your child select 1 spoon at a time to put in front of the syllable to make words. For example, using "at" spoons, place a "b," "c" or "h" spoon in front to make bat, cat or hat. Sound out the words together.

Resources/Inspiration for this project:
  1. Confessions of a Homeschooler: A to Z Review

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