If you are looking for back-to-school projects that double as entertaining and educational games, try making a deck of letter-matching cards. This easy-to-make art activity is perfect for kids entering preschool or kindergarten. Jump start your little one's academic year with this playful letter-learning project! Adult supervision required.
What You'll Need:
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Cut white or light-colored card stock into 52 equal-sized pieces (26 for the letters and 26 for their matching drawings). Fold 8" x 10" sheets of card stock in half from top to bottom. Fold the sheets again from side to side, and again from top to bottom. Open the folds and cut along the creases to make your cards.
Help your child write the letters "A" through "Z" on the cards (with one per card). If your child can't write the letters by herself, lightly draw them on first with a pencil. Have her trace over the pencil drawing with a bright marker.
Create a drawing for each letter of the alphabet on the remaining cards. Ask your child to choose an animal or object that begins with each letter. For example, "A" is for "apple," "B" is for "bird," and "C" is for "cat." Draw the animal or object with your child on the cards with the markers.
Gently shuffle or mix up the cards. Place them on a table or other flat surface face-up. Ask your child to create pairs of cards, matching the letters with their drawings.