Simple & Frugal Fine Motor Letter Matching Activity

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Working on letter recognition with your little one?  Get rid of the flashcards, worksheets, and other nonsense and set up a simple hands-on activity that can be re-used over and over again.

This simple letter recognition activity that also works on those important fine motor skills.  It can be set up various ways depending on your child's skill level: alphabetical order, uppercase/ lowercase letter recognition, sequencing, etc!  With just a few minutes of prep you'll have a great activity focusing on the alphabet and fine motor skills!
Set up a simple fine motor activity to work on letter recognition. This letter matching activity can be set up various ways depending on your child's skill level: alphabetical order, uppercase/ lowercase letter recognition, sequencing, etc!


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What you need:

  • empty box
  • craft sticks
  • foam letters {ours supplied by CraftProjectIdeas}
  • knife {caution, adult only!!}
  • sharpie pen


Take a few minutes to prep this activity away from the kids as you'll be using a knife to puncture slits in the empty box. On one side of the box, puncture 26 holes-- large enough for your child to insert a craft stick.  Above each slit, write a letter of the alphabet.  Go in alphabetical order... or choose to write the letters in random order.

Fine Motor Alphabet Activity


Next, have your children help adhere the foam letter stickers to the top of each craft stick.  If you do not have foam letters, just write the letter on the craft stick with a marker.

I made up this fine motor alphabet activity to work on upper and lowercase letter recognition and matching for my 3 and 5 year old.  On the box above each slit, I wrote a lowercase letter and then had them match it with the uppercase letter on the craft stick.

Once the box and craft sticks are ready to go, have your child match the letter on the craft stick to the letter on the box by pushing the craft stick into the slit.


Continue until all the letters have been matched!  Such a great and simple fine motor activity for little hands!

Another fun way to work on these fine motor skills and ABC's is using LEGOS, too!  Or try ABC Basketball!

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