Tuesday, February 16, 2010

ABC upper and lower case matching cards – Printable

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Sometimes I like to play simple little games with M.  We print out a grid, or a do-a-dot page, or a magnet page, and I print letters or numbers or whatever we are working on in the spaces.  (You could do it for sight words, simple math equations, colors, shapes… lots of stuff.) 

I’m always stumped though, when it’s letters we are working on, about how to make this into a game, because a game is the best way to get M to participate in just about anything. 
I could just call out a random letter and have him find and stamp it out on his page, but this isn’t very engaging for him and he hasn’t been interested when I’ve approached it that way.  I wanted to find some ABC cards that had separate cards for upper and lowercase letters.  There are a lot out there (and they look great!) that have the upper and lowercase letter on the same card (where you can match up two halves of the same card in a matching game)… but that wasn’t quite what I was looking for.  I want to be able to work on lower case and upper case at the same time… or not… or match a “mama” letter card to a “baby” letter card… or just whatever!

Anyway, here’s what I came up with:abc cards
Now when we play our little grid games I just plug in the letters I want to focus on.
Sometimes these are all lower case letters, sometimes they are all upper case, and sometimes they are both!  Then I go through the cards and pull out the ones we’ll be needing.  I shuffle them, M cuts them :), and we take turns drawing one from the top of the deck and then find it on our page.  Whoever gets all their spaces filled in first wins.  It’s a great, fun game, and while M is enjoying himself I know he’s much more likely to retain what he’s learning!  

We also use these to play matching games.  Having the same picture on the big letter and little letter cards is a nice help in being able to match up those mamas and babies. ;)
We’ll use these for other things too… phonic sorts and who knows what else.   I’m open for suggestions too, as always!

If you are interested in printing these for your own use, you can download them here.

Have a beautiful day! :)


  1. These are amazing!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!!


  2. Nicole, I think these are your cutest printables yet! Thanks so much for sharing them! Now, to get new ink for my printer...

  3. Thanks so much, what a great idea! I'll definitely make something similar. It will be even more useful for us, though, because we're working in Arabic, where each letter has three or four shapes, rather than just two!

  4. Thanks for sharing these printables. I think your ideas are awesome.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing these! This is something I've been working on with M and these cards will be perfect!

  6. You have the best printables! So good of you to create and share all of this. :)

  7. awesome - you are so talented with all your printables you make - how do you have the time? :) I will definitely utlize these when I start teaching my tot his ABC's when he turns 3 in July.

  8. Thank you, everyone, for your sweet comments! :)

  9. These are great! Thank you so much for sharing. I cant wait to use them!!

  10. I finally have a printer! LOL! (But we're out of town for two more weeks so I still have to wait! Hahaha!)
    I'm also enjoying a blogging break...and it's stretching out way longer than I had thought it would.


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