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Why Use This Tool
The ABC Match game challenges children to match letter cards and picture cards that begin with that letter, for example, d with a picture of a dog. Children learn to read by first learning how letters sound—this relationship between letters and sounds is called phonics. Once children learn how individual letters sound, they can then string them together to sound out simple words like cat or map.
This online game is a phonics twist on the classic memory-testing matching card game. Children can turn over only two cards per turn—one letter and one picture. The object of the game is to match the picture with its correct beginning letter. Can they remember where the right cards are to make a match? You can select the Play Mode, which features a timer, or the Learn Mode, which doesn’t limit the amount of time children have to make matches. Help children who are having difficulties by sounding out the letter and then sounding out the picture name to listen for a correct match.
- Print out the ABC Match cards (available at the end of the online game), cut them out, and play the offline version of the game. Take your game cards on road trips or field trips and use them at play dates and parties.
- Create your own ABC Match cards by adding new pictures to the mix. Consider pictures of familiar objects or photos of children playing the game to match the first letter of their names. For more advanced players, try adding consonant blends to the mix of letter cards, such as sn for snake or tr for tree.
- Read ABC books together. You can find titles from A (Alligators All Around: An Alphabet by Maurice Sendak) to Z (The Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg)! For a list of alphabet books, see Alphabet Books and Websites.
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