Monday, July 6, 2015

Printable ABC Matching Game

Who says play can't be educational. This fun play mat is one that I brought with us on our latest road trip. It is really easy to pull together and there are lots of different ways to play with it! 

You will need: 

  • The printable found at the bottom of this post. 
  • A laminator and laminating Sheets, I use this one and love it! 
  • a binder pouch to keep the letters in
  • magnetic letters 
  • magnet tape for the back of the play mat
  • cookie sheet to play on (I bought mine at the dollar store)
Print and laminate your printable. That's it! This is probably the easiest of all my play mats. You can add some magnet tape to the back of the play mat to help it stay on the cookie sheet better.

You can use an old cookie sheet, but I found that the cookie sheets at the dollar store are the right size for a regular sheet of paper. I bought a dollar cookie sheet and then spray painted it turquoise, while the paint was still wet, I threw pink glitter on the cookie sheet. I actually painted this cookie sheet more than 4 years ago and it has held up really well!
The most obvious game to play with this play mat is letter matching, but you can also have them create words. I tell my daughter to spell cat and she has to find and match each letter for the word. I absolutely love it for improving reading and spelling. 


What activities do your kids bring on road trips?

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22 comments:

Rachel // Maybe Matilda said...

I love a simple project! I bet Forrest would love this one.

Lexie Lane said...

My son really loved doing his ABC's. I think this is something he would have enjoyed. Might still do actually!

Julie @ Girl on the Move said...

Absolutely love this! Such a fun way to work on the ABC's

Jeannette said...

I wish I thought about doing this when my son was little. What a great way to learn and have fun all at the same time! Very creative!

bxcrochet said...

That is such a great idea! I will be printing this out and using it with my daughter.

Michelle F>

Liz Mays said...

I love the idea of spray painting one from the dollar store. We've played with letters on the fridge, but the portability of this is awesome.

MikiHope said...

This does sound like it would be great for a road trip or even a rainy day activity. Educational and fun-you can't beat that combination.

alexandria waning said...

Very cute idea. I used to make sheets for the fridge (uppercase and lowercase) and my daughter would match them with her magnets. I'd switch the upper and lower cases thenwe went to words. Yours is great for travel though.

Jaclyn Kent said...

Ahh I seriously LOVE this! I have been looking for more educational activities and my son love the alphabet, so we need this!

Stroller Savvy said...

What a great idea. This would be a great road trip activity to keep the kiddos occupied!

Michelle Thomas said...

So fun! Perfect for traveling too!

Heather Jones said...

I think this would be a great idea for my three year old! I wish I had a laminator though! Great ideas Debra!

Shelly said...

Such a simple project! My daughter would even love to help in the painting process and throwing on glitter. She is only three, but is glitter obsessed.

Kids Are A Trip said...

This is a great idea for helping kids learn their letters. I don't think they would even realize they were learning (lol). We love to do Mad Libs and play the license plate game on road trips. Happy summer!

Stacey D said...

I love the portability of this! It has me thinking of ways it could be adapted for my 6th grade classroom for vocabulary activities! Thanks.

mail4rosey said...

This would be fun for my granddaughter. She is 2 and already doing so great!

Living a Fit and Full Life said...

This is a great idea!

Rebecca Hubbell said...

I love that you put it on a cookie sheet so the letters stick, that's genius and so great for car rides!

Karissa Ancell said...

What a great project! My daughter would have loved this when she was little!

Krystal Butherus said...

I'll have to try this with my toddler. HE would go nuts for this activity!

Nicole Escat said...

its really nice , my son would surely like this , we will try this . thank you for sharing this awesome post

Taylor S. said...

I love this and I'm sure my daughter would too because we're learning about letters right now! Thanks for sharing this clever idea!

 
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