Apple-Bet Match: A Lowercase and Upper Case Letter Recognition Game

Apple- Bet Match
An educational spin on a classic party game.
We all remember Bobbing for Apples when we were younger.  Now let’s add some lowercase alphabets and some uppercase alphabets and you know what we have then?

We have a letter recognition matching game! This game was fun, it allowed Fro Baby the opportunity to match her uppercase letters with the lowercase all while having a good time drowning. (Supervised drowning)
Things you might need:
  • Apples (yes I really did use 26 apples. You will find out why I had 26 apples in a later post)
  • Bottle caps
  • Labeling dots
  • Something to write with that WILL NOT wash off in the water. (Number Attack)
  • Bin
  • Water
  • Child that don’t mind getting drowned ( I had plenty of takers for this)
Steps to make it happen:
  1. Write lowercase letters out on some dots
  2. Do the same for the upper case letters also
  3. Place either the lowercase or uppercase dots on the 26 bottle caps
  4. Place the other letter dots on the apples
  5. Put the apples in the bin and fill with water
  6. Grab your happy to drown themselves participants and let’s get to playing
The object of the game is to match the uppercase letters with their lowercase children  (Oh!  I forgot to mention that I teach the letters as a family. The uppercase letters are the parents and the lowercase letters are their children). Okay, that’s not the only thing. If they can they have to bob for the matching letter.
Bobbing for the matching letter was super fun for all my girls but Fro Baby had the most fun with correcting everyone else’s mistakes. ( The older girls were just playing to play {Silly kids I have}).  That alone let me know that she was really picking up on the pairing of the letters 
And if your kid is not up for drowning.

This post is part of the #playfulpreschool themed writing. If you would like to know more then CLICK HERE


Plan your learning week with Preschool Apple Theme Activities from the Playful Preschool Education Team:

From Orchard to Table. Watch and Make  at The Educators’ Spin On It

Examining Apple Parts, How Does It Grow, Sink/Float at Little Bins For Little Hands

Apple Hop at Learning 2 Walk

Counting Apples with Preschoolers: Real-Life Math at Life Over C’s
Apple Math Fun in Preschool – Tasting and Graphing Apples at Fun-A-Day

Scented Playdough Pre-Writing Activity at Preschool Toolbox

Alphabet Activity: Apple Tree Letter Matching at Mom Inspired Life
Alphabet Learning: Apple Stamping at Growing Book by Book
Apple-Bet Match : Matching Lowercase with Upper Case Letters at Tiny Tots Adventures

Applesauce Dough for Sensory Play at Still Playing School

How to Make Homemade Apple Pie – Cooking with Preschoolers  at Powerful Mothering

Apple Oxidation Experiment at Raising Lifelong Learners

Paper Plate Apple Craft at The Kennedy Adventures

We would also like to extend an invitation to join in and watch our APPLE THEME Google+ On Air Hangout tonight, September 3rd at 9:00 EST. Hope to see you there!


21 Responses to Apple-Bet Match: A Lowercase and Upper Case Letter Recognition Game

  1. Sooo much fun! Bobbing for letters aka get wet as we learn would be a hit with my water loving kids. Will be trying this afternoon!

  2. Super fun! My son would love the getting wet part and the thrill of catching an apple! Whata great way to make letter skills fun!

  3. Kim Staten says:

    This looks like a lot of fun! I love the balance and concentration required to keep the apple on the spoon!

  4. This looks like so much fun! Any activity that includes water play is a hit around here. 🙂

  5. Oh, my preschoolers are going to love this! Water play and letter recognition equals a lot of playful learning.

    • Beware of the water on the floor. Even though I put just enough water for the apple to float, they still got water all over the floor. Talking about a sore bum over here.

  6. My boys love water play so they will be super excited for this activity. Thank you for the idea.

    • The best part is that you get to watch them struggle with getting an apple and if you suck at bobbing for apples they get to make fun of you getting soak and wet and frustrated at the apples for floating away from you.

  7. Mine would love this too — especially as we’re having and upper 80’s kind of fall right now. We’ll be throwing some apples in the water table tomorrow.

  8. Kuddos for a great apples activity. Our kids will LOVE it! We’re doing apples over the next couple of weeks so we have PLENTY of new ideas to explore! Thank you!

  9. Kimberly says:

    Stopping by from the Blirthday bash. What a great idea!

  10. Now I’m curious why you had 26 apples! 🙂 I don’t think my kids have ever bobbed for apples. Maybe I should fix that…

  11. Thanks for linking up this post to my #Blirthdaybash! I’m delighted to make it and I’m so thankful you brought some fun activities for us to enjoy!

    Thanks again for celebrating with me.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

  12. This is such an awesome way to teach your children! It’s sounds like so much fun:) Thanks for sharing this with us at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party!

  13. Susen Kuchta says:

    ha, ha…this is fun! Love it! Super creative on finding a way to make learning letters lots of fun! Way to go, Natasha!

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