Preview: A fun letter matching activity that builds motor skills and helps preschools match letter case!
My kids love band-aids so much that I have actually bought packs to take in the restaurant to keep them busy while I eat my meal. (I promise we clean up the wrappers.)
Luckily bandages are super cheap (Dollar Tree!) because we go through about a box a week. I realize that it is confusing to kids when we tell them band-aids are for boo-boos so they think that means all boo-boos. I have now started to clarify that band-aid are for bleeding boo-boos. It hasn’t helped. They still love band-aids.
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Since they are obsessed, I figured I would make band-aids part of our learning activities this week.
This is a fun learning game to review letter case matching. Opening and placing the band-aids is also a great sensory and fine motor building activity.
Meet “Betty Boo-Boo”!
She is sad because she has the Alphabet-Pox. She needs help to cover all of her lower-case boo-boos with upper-case band-aids.
Fun, right?! It’s super easy to make.
Letter Matching Activity
Here’s what you need:
- Poster board
- box of band-aids (at least 26 count!)
- a baggie to throw away all of the band-aid wrappers
- Use a marker to draw a “person” shape on the pasteboard. (Mine looked more like a gingerbread man than a human but it left a lot of room for letters so draw whatever you like!)
- Add the lower case letters all over the “person”. Add a sad face and bow (optional)
- Using one band-aid at a time, carefully peel back the otuter wrapping about half way (enough to expose the middle of the band-aid). Using a marker, write upper case letter in center of the band-aid. (I did the alphabet in order to make sure I got all 26 letters).
- Push back the wrapping to its original place (it might not go back perfectly but the kids won’t care!)
- When all 26 band-aids are completed, place all of the re-sealed band-aids back in the box.
- Have you child start by puling one band-aid at a time. Let them pull open the band-aid and remove all of the wrapping. Keep a zip lock baggie case to dispose of the wrappings. * Try to allow the child to unwrap each band-aid his/herself. This is a great fine motor and sensory activity for them!
- Have the child look at the upper case letter written on the band-aid and find the matching lower case letter. Use the band-aid to cover the lower case letter.
- Repeat until all letters are covered. Give Betty a happy face! (optional)
If you are wondering why my daughter is wearing a winter jacket in the house… she is 3. I think that explains it.
When there were only a few band-aids left, my daughter said that “Betty Boo-Boo is starting to feel better and now she needs a happy face”.
Touche preschooler. Touche.
Betty Boo-Boo is all better!
Don’t you love activities that are educational, great for building motor skills, and (best of all) a fun bonding experience? And now we have mastered letter matching!