Do I have a fun printable for you today! Elf letter cards! Like the Christmas Pack this product is so fun. There a LOADS of ways to use these cards too, such fun learning during the upcoming festive season and Elf fever that is in the air!
In the video above you will see 10 ideas on how to use the elf letter cards. At the end of this post I give you a few more ideas, so keep on reading. These cards are upper and lower case. You can use it all, or use only lower or only upper, depending on what your child/students are learning at the moment.
First up, using a chalk board. You can simply let the child write the letter on the card he/she picked, or, place upper and lower cards on the sides of the board and ask him/her to connect the correct friends. And obviously, you can let them write words when drawing a few cards and see if that makes a real word.
Secondly, simply match the card to a letter manipulative. Here you can use magnetic letters, letter tiles, or foam letters like we did. Any letters will do the trick!
Use those letter manipulatives and pick a few cards to make up a word. Young kids will find it helpful if the cards are places in two heaps, one for consonants and one for vowels. Give the instruction to choose 2 from the consonants heap and one from the vowels heap to spell a CVC word. It can be 4 letter words too, for more advance students.
Use pompoms(or buttons, beads, beans, anything really) to build the letters.
Write in a tray filled with a sensory filler like salt, flour, sprinkles, shaving foam etc. Sensory kiddos love this one and usually opt to write with their fingers, which is perfectly fine…
Play a memory match game. Depending on the age of the child, pick a few pairs of upper and lower case letters. Young kids can start with 3 pairs and work towards more as their skill develop. Pack it facedown and play a memory and matching game until all the pairs are found.
Lastly, playdough or play doh! Play with playdough cutters and find a picture with the beginning sound, form the playdough into the shape of the letter, or, write in the playdough!
A few ideas on how to play with the cards in a small group or class:
- Pick a card and find an object in the room starting with that letter
- Alphabetical order I Have, Who Has? Person with A starts and says: I have A, who has B? Person with B says… Carry on until Z
- Pick a card, all players must say a name/animal etc starting with that letter
- All players stand near a wall. Teacher pulls card, if your name has that letter, give a step forward, carry on. First one on the opposite side, wins.
- Pick a card and write the letter with your finger in the air, on the table etc.
- Write on a friends back and the friend must guess what letter it is
- Pack the cards out alphabetically, match the upper and lower case letters