Are you looking for a festive, Christmas themed alphabet activity for toddlers or preschoolers? You’ll love our Christmas Tree Alphabet Matching Game.
Use it to practice uppercase and lowercase letter recognition and letter sounds.
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Supplies Needed for Christmas Tree Letter Game
Felt (you could also use paper)
How to Set Up the Christmas Alphabet Matching Game
Cut out 26 triangles to represent your Christmas trees. I was able to get 26 trees out of 2 pieces of green felt. Feel free to make your Christmas trees whatever color you like. If you don’t have felt, you can use paper instead. You could even have your toddler help you color or decorate the paper trees before playing the game.
Cut out stars. I only had one piece of yellow felt, so I cut out 13 stars and used both sides of each star for the game. 2 pieces of yellow felt should allow you to cut out 26 stars. I drew a star on a piece of paper, cut it out, and then traced it onto the felt.
Use a marker to write uppercase letters on your trees – one letter for each tree. You might want to have something underneath the felt as you’re writing. My permanent marker seeped through the felt onto my table.
Draw lowercase letters on each of your felt stars. Since I only had 13 stars, I drew the letters a-m on one side and n-z on the second side.
We played this game on a table. If you have a large felt board, it would great to play on there as well.
How to Play the Christmas Tree Alphabet Matching Game
Set out the Christmas trees with the capital letters. (I set up half since I only had 13 stars).
Place the stars below the trees. If you are using 13 stars, make sure the correct letters are facing up.
Have your child match the stars to the Christmas trees.
You might show him an example of where to place the stars. Stars on a Christmas tree usually go on top, so that’s where we put ours. Sometimes my 3-year-old placed the stars right in the middle of the tree. That’s totally fine, too.
The goal is to match the lowercase letter on the star with the uppercase letter on the tree.
Talk about the letters as your child plays. “What letter do you see?” “That’s a capital (big) A. Can you find a lowercase (little) A?” “What letter is on the tree?” “What letter is on the star in your hand?”
Play a Find the Letter Game
You can use the trees to practice finding letters, too. Can you find the letter R?
Work on letter sounds as you play this game. What sound does the letter R make? Can you find the letter that makes the /b/ sound?
You can even practice beginning letter sounds. What letter does tree start with?
Use the Christmas trees and stars to spell your child’s name. Ask your child to find the letters in her name, or call out the letters for her.
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