Try these fun, Candy Corn Find and Cover the Letter Mats for practice with letter recognition and beginning letter sounds this fall. Plus, they are great for fine motor skills too.
Candy Corn Find and Cover the Letter Mats
Fall is the perfect time to invite your kids to use letter mats to practice their alphabet skills. The cute candy corn mats are a fun addition to literacy centers and independent work times.
There are two different mats to choose from – one for lowercase letters and one for uppercase letters. Students flip over a picture card from the pile, locate it on the mat and then cover it.
This activity is a simple way to help students practice their letter recognition skills while learning letter sounds and letter sound isolation.
Add this phonics activity to your literacy centers, small groups, or even have students play in partners or independently. The possibilities are endless! You will see students saying the words out loud, locating letters, and covering them on their game mats.
This Alphabet Activity is Quick to Prep!
Anything with minimal prep is a teacher’s dream! This activity is a life-saver. All you have to do it print the mats and slide them into a page protector or laminate them for durability. This makes it easy for kids to use over and over and they can even write on them with a dry erase marker.
They’re perfect for busy fall seasons or to add to your themed centers as the weather cools down. Kids always love an activity with a theme, so this activity is sure to keep them engaged and excited about learning letters.
How to Set Up the Find and Cover Letter Mats
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- Candy Corn Find and Cover Mats
- Small manipulatives (examples include counting chips, mini erasers, buttons or dry erase markers)
- Write and wipe pockets (optional)
- Binder ring for picture cards (optional)
** Just make sure you don’t use small pieces with students who still put things in their mouth.
- Print the mats and picture cards.
- Slide the mats into write and wipe pockets OR laminate them.
- Cut the picture cards and store them in a baggie or place them on a binder ring.
- Gather manipulatives such as mini erasers, counters, etc.
- Store the entire activity in a colorful tray or large zipper baggie.
Playing the Candy Corn Find and Cover Alphabet Game
Students will be able to play this game independently or with a partner by following some simple steps. Stack the picture cards upside down in a pile. Students will draw a card (or take turns drawing a card) and look at the picture. Then, they will determine the letter sound the image starts with.
Next, they will find the corresponding letter on the candy corn mat and cover it with a mini eraser, a counter, or another manipulative. Kids keep playing until all of their spaces are covered on the mats.
Differentiating This Fall Alphabet Activity
This candy corn find and cover the letter activity is very easy to differentiate to meet the needs of your students. Have students that need some extra letter identification practice? Try using letter magnets or letter beads to cover the mats. Using these to cover the letters gives them extra exposure to what the letter looks like and what sound it makes.
Another option is to place the letter magnets or letter manipulatives to the side and have students draw one at a time. Then, they find the corresponding letter on the candy corn mat and cover it with their counter or candy corn piece. This option doesn’t use the picture cards, making it easier for students to focus on matching letters first.
Since there are two mats, you can choose whether students use the lowercase or uppercase mats for practice.
I hope you and your students love this fun letter learning activity! There will be tons of smiles in your classroom as they work with letters and sounds this fall!
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