I do like making frugal educational material, and these upper and lower case matching lacing cards is just that: frugal AND educational, oh, and easy too! It is a great tool to develop fine motor skills and hand eye coordination, and can be adapted to different ages by simply changing up the items to match.
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What you need:
Cardstock or Paper plates
I used plastic laces a friend sent from Canada, but you can use any type of string, rope or yarn. Then I used cardboard take-away lids, but one can use thick cardboard too. Then you will need a punch, and a felt tipped pen.
Firstly, punch out the holes. You can make as many holes as you want on one card. Then write the upper and lower case letters. Or use these FREE PRINTABLE LETTERS.
I made the cards self correcting by drawing the lines at the back after correctly lacing it up.
All of them look different at the back. This is only for checking if you did it correctly, not for cheating, lol!
You might want to underline the beginning letter, and also fasten the end of the lace at the back with a piece of sticky tape, so it won’t slip through if pulled too hard. Younger kids may need assistance in the lacing process.
Below is a new set made with the printable letters. Get it HERE!
I decided on making upper and lower case matching lacing cards because some of my students struggle with this. But, then I wanted to make something for my kids too, so I made numbers and dots matching cards, and also colour matching cards.