Teach Letters with a Pumpkin Themed Concentration Game
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Recently, I created a few educational printables and used them successfully with my little preschoolers. We’ve been working on letter recognition so I decided to create a pumpkin themed game. We have a couple of concentration games which are great for teaching children to play together, take turns, communicate with one another, and improve memory skills but none of them teach letters. The kids love the concentration games so I decided to create a pumpkin themed concentration game which will help my preschoolers learn letters.
While my bigger kids were busy with another activity, I started our concentration game with my younger toddlers. I began with 5 sets of letters.
We turned all the cards upside down. For this particular group, I made sure the letters were pretty close together. They usually want to turn over cards placed right next to each other so this ensured a successful game for my toddlers.
The children took turns turning over two cards each. If the second card did not match, they had to turn them face down again. Each time they turned over a card, I encouraged them to say the letter and try to remember where that letter was. I made sure they kept the cards in the same place each time.
When a child identifies a matching set of letters, I sometimes let them keep the cards next to them. Other times, I tell them to leave the cards face up on the game surface. For younger children, leaving the cards face up helps them keep all the cards in the same place when they have to turn them back face down.
After the toddlers had completed their game, the pre-K kids were eager to play. I added several more sets of letters for them. As the kids become more skilled at letter recognition, I will continue to add more sets of letters to the game.
As the pre-K kids turned over their cards, I encouraged them to identify each letter. As they matched their letters, I allowed them to keep their letters paired up in front of them.
The children can also mix-match them and match upper case letters to their matching lower case letters. I kept this printable simple so that the children will focus only on the letters and not get distracted by colors or over stimulated by a lot of busy graphics. This printable is intended to provide a fun way for kids to play a game and learn letters while focusing on letters only.