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I am so excited about sharing this cute Jack and the Beanstalk Upper and Lower Case Letter Matching Activity with you. We have been focusing on gardening activities this week on my site, and I have loved coming up with creative ways to teach kids with this theme. Jack and the Beanstalk is the perfect fairy tale to go with gardening!
How to Do the Jack and the Beanstalk Upper and Lower Case Letter Matching Activity
Supplies you will need for the letter matching activity:
Leaves with lower case and upper case letters written on them- Print my free template!
Straws- we used paper straws, but whatever you have will work fine!
Wooden Chopsticks or Skewers
Playdough or other item to hold up the sticks- you could stick them into a box or a piece of styrofoam if you do not have play dough.
Print and cut out the letter templates. It also includes Jack and the Giant in both color and black and white for you to use. Hole punch each of the leaves.
Cut your straws into small pieces. These will be used as dividers between the letters. My pieces were about an inch to an inch and a half long.
Place a chopstick or skewer into a piece of play dough to hold it upright. If you want to use Jack and the giant, I taped them each onto a straw piece and put them on at the bottom and top.
Build Jack and the Beanstalk With Upper and Lower Case Letters:
Put one straw piece on your beanstalk to start. Our first one had Jack taped to it. Find two leaves with matching upper case and lower case letters. Put the leaves on the the wooden chopstick. Fan them out so you can see both at the same time.
Next, add another straw piece, and find another letter match. Continue until you have filled your wooden stick to the top and finish it with the giant at the top of the beanstalk.
We used a second wooden stick and did more letters. Pictured are only half of the alphabet, so to do all of the letters at once, you will likely need at least 4 wooden sticks. You could also cut the straw pieces a bit smaller to fit more letters on at a time. However, if you have a younger learner, I would suggest doing less letters at a time because they can get overwhelmed if you through all of them out there at once.
An important part of this activity is allowing for play time! My daughter loved building this, but she also really wanted time to just play and act out Jack and the Beanstalk with it once it was assembled. She wanted to move Jack around the beanstalk and she wanted the giant to chase him around it. IF your child is not familiar with the story, find a version of it to read to them. There are many versions!
This is a good one if you want a physical copy of the book.
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