Matching Uppercase and LowerCase Letters

uppercase and lowercase letter matching

This interactive and hands on game to teach matching uppercase and lowercase letters is a fun gross motor game for preschool and kindergarten. Use this interactive letter activity along as an alphabet matching with objects and a sensory-motor learning activity!

Matching uppercase letters to lowercase letters is a literacy task that supports reading skills, but also challenges visual discrimination skills, form constancy, and visual scanning, all of which are visual processing skills needed for handwriting and reading comprehension. What’s fun about this activity is that it builds these skills in a fun way!

Uppercase and lowercase letter match activity

Matching Uppercase and Lowercase Letters

Learning letters and matching upper and lower case letters is a Kindergarten skill that can be tricky for some kids.  We made this easy prep letter identification activity using items you probably already have in the house.  If you’ve seen our blog posts over the last few days, you’ve noticed we’re on a learning theme using free (or mostly free) items you probably already have.  

We’re sharing 31 days of learning at home with free materials this month along with 25 other bloggers in the 31 days of homeschooling tips series.  

Today’s easy letter learning activity can use any letters you have around the house or magnetic letters and coffee filters.

Matching upper and lower case letters and alphabet letter identification can be difficult for kindergarteners.  Use this letter matching game to prepare for kindergarten skills and gross motor play along with visual scanning. Uses magnetic letters and coffee filters for easy prep and set-up.  Great letter matching ideas and activities here!


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Matching upper and lower case letters and alphabet letter identification can be difficult for kindergarteners.  Use this letter matching game to prepare for kindergarten skills and gross motor play along with visual scanning. Uses magnetic letters and coffee filters for easy prep and set-up.  Great letter matching ideas and activities here!

How to play this interactive letter matching activity

You’ll need just a few items for this letter matching activity:

  • Magnetic letters
  • marker
  • coffee filters (but paper towels or recycled paper would work as well.

To set up the activity, there are just a few steps:

  1. Grab the magnetic letters from the fridge and 26 coffee filters.
  2. Use a permanent marker to write one lower case letter of the alphabet on each coffee filter.
  3. With your child, match the magnetic letters to the lowercase letters on the coffee filters.
  4. Ask the child to help you crumble each letter inside the coffee filter that has its matching lowercase letter.
  5. Continue the play!
Matching upper and lower case letters and alphabet letter identification can be difficult for kindergarteners.  Use this letter matching game to prepare for kindergarten skills and gross motor play along with visual scanning. Uses magnetic letters and coffee filters for easy prep and set-up.  Great letter matching ideas and activities here!

More ways to match uppercase and lowercase letters

By matching the magnetic uppercase letter to the lowercase letter on the coffee filter, kids get a chance to incorporate whole body movements and gross motor activity while looking for matching letters.

With your child, first match up each lower case coffee filter letter to the upper case magnetic letter.  

You can spread the filters out to encourage visual scanning and involve movement in the activity, OR you can stack the coffee filters in a pile and one by one match up the letters.  This technique requires the child to visually scan for the upper case magnet letters.  

Try both ways for more upper/lower case letter practice!

We then wrapped the coffee filters around the magnets in a little bundle.  There are so many games you can play with these upper and lower case letters:

  • Match the same letter– match uppercase letters to uppercase letters and lowercase letters to lowercase letters.
  • Alphabet matching with objects– Match an object that starts with the letter of the alphabet. Use small objects inside the coffee filter and match it to lowercase letters written in the coffee filter with uppercase magnet letters.
  • Match the picture with the letter– Print off pictures of words that start with each letter of the alphabet. Then match the picture with letters of the alphabet using lowercase letters written on the filter and uppercase letters in magnetic letter form.
  • Play a letter memory game– Hide letters around the room and challenge kids to find the letters in order to match the uppercase letter to the lowercase letters.
  • Letter sound matching– Make a letter sound and challenge kids to find the letter that makes that sound.
  • Letter Hide and Seek- Hide the bundled up letters around the room while your child hides his eyes.  Send him off to find the letters and ask him to open the bundle and identify the letter.
  • Letter Toss Activity- Toss the coffee filter bundles into a bucket or bin.  Any letters that make it into the bin are winners!
  • Name the letters- Unwrap the bundles and name the letters.  Spread the coffee filters out around the room.  Toss magnetic letters onto the matching lower case letter.  
  • Letter toss game- Toss a bean bag onto the coffee filters.  The child can identify the lower case letter, then go to the pile of magnetic letters and find the matching upper case letter.  
Matching upper and lower case letters and alphabet letter identification can be difficult for kindergarteners.  Use this letter matching game to prepare for kindergarten skills and gross motor play along with visual scanning. Uses magnetic letters and coffee filters for easy prep and set-up.  Great letter matching ideas and activities here!

Can you think of any more ways to work on upper and lower case letter matching with coffee filters and magnetic letters? 

Matching Big and Small Letters

The nice thing about this activity is that you can teach the concepts of big and small letters. When we say “big letters” and “small letters”, we are showing the concept of letters that touch the top and bottom lines, or the upper case letters.

And teaching children the difference between those big letters and the small letters which touch just the middle point are part of the visual discrimination process that is needed for handwriting on the lines, or line awareness skills.

You will enjoy more alphabet posts from our archives:
 
 
 

Looking for more interactive letter activities to match uppercase and lowercase letters? The Letters! Fine Motor Kit is for you!

Letters Fine Motor Kit
Letter Kit for fine motor, visual motor, and sensory motor play.

This 100 page printable packet includes everything you need for hands-on letter learning and multisensory handwriting!

This digital and printable packet includes these multisensory handwriting and letter formation materials:

  • A-Z Multisensory Writing Pages
  • Alphabet Fine Motor Clip Cards
  • Cut and place Fine Motor Mazes
  • A-Z Cotton Swab Cards
  • A-Z Pattern Block Cards
  • Fine Motor Letter Geo-Cards
  • A-Z Color and Cut Letter Memory Cards
  • Color By Size Sheets
  • A-Z Building Block Cards
  • A-Z Play Dough Letter Formation Cards
  • Graded Lines Box Writing Sheets
  • Alphabet Roll and Write Sheets
  • Pencil Control Letter Scan
  • Color and Cut Puzzles

All About Me Free Printable PDF

all about me free printable pdf

Today, I have an exciting free printable for back-to-school: An all about me free printable PDF! An all about me activity is a great way to get to know students at the beginning of a new school year, and this free all about me printable is a writing and drawing activity designed specifically to focus on handwriting skills while allowing kids to tell all about themselves. Just print it off and get to know your new students this school year!

all about me free printable pdf

All about me worksheet

I wanted to create an all about me printable worksheet that is slightly different than the others you may find available online. This worksheet focuses on list writing, use of spaces on a page, and drawing skills.

Here’s why: I wanted this resource to tell us more about the child’s specific interests and facts like birthdates…I wanted this about me worksheet to help the therapist or teacher gain knowledge about the child’s handwriting and spatial awareness skills.

This all about me worksheet tells us several things about the student:

  • Favorite things
  • Draw myself
  • When I grow up
  • All about my family
  • My favorite quote

While completing the all about me activity, kids can tell a bit about themselves as an icebreaker to a new school year. The best thing about this all about me activity sheet is that it covers a variety of topics and includes drawing and writing sentences. You can really screen a student’s writing skills, pencil control skills, and visual motor skills with this activity sheet.

To make this all about me activity even more interactive, ask kids to bring in a few items from home that tell about themselves. Ideas can include favorite things, sports or hobbies, family members, pets, etc. As long as all of the items can fit inside a brown paper bag, kids can bring that in their backpack and share a bit about themselves as an activity ideas for the beginning of the school year.

all about me free printable: Favorite Things List

Students can list out their favorite things on the lined paper. The worksheet includes a list so they can write out their favorite foods, sports, animals, colors, etc. Kids have the choice to write a list of the things that are most important to them, making the sheet personalized and not a cookie cutter worksheet.

When the student writes out a list of words on the about me sheet, we can see how they use lines, spatial awareness, margins, letter size, and formation in a list.

All About Me Drawing

Students can draw a picture of themselves in the given area and we can look at their eye-hand coordination, spatial relations, body awareness, and pencil control.

All ABout Me Growing Up

Students can write out what they want to be when they grow up on the writing lines. Not only can we take a look at their handwriting in this space, but we can then see their interest and focus learning and therapy activities on that functional task.

This is a great space for writing sentences and paragraphs. Kids can work on these skills but it’s also a good opportunity to quickly assess how students use spatial awareness, margins, and line use when writing sentences that they create, or the creative writing aspect where students compose the sentences rather than copy them from a model.

All About Me (and My Family)

All about the student includes the family unit, too! Students can write or draw about their family in the open space, and we can take a look at detail orientation of the child. Also, we can then ask the child about sending home notes and home exercise programs to parents when they complete this section of the About Me worksheet.

My Favorite Quote

Finally, there is a space on the All About Me Worksheet for a favorite quote. Students can either write a quote that they like or can make up a personal saying that they enjoy. This space can tell us a lot about the child’s mindset, motivation, and mindfulness awareness.

Free All About Me worksheets for students aged kindergarten through middle school. Use this for back to school handwriting tasks and getting to know new students at the start of a school year.

All About Me Worksheet for Middle School

This All About Me worksheet is great for both younger ages (kindergarten through third grade) because one sheet includes a double rule writing lines. The second page is a duplicate worksheet, but contains single rule writing lines, making it great for older students (fourth grade through middle school).

There aren’t many about me handouts for older students, so it was important to me to create a writing activity for students using a smaller writing area.

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    Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20+ years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.