Having plenty of summer alphabet activities will keep your preschoolers practicing and remembering their letter names and sounds in preparation for kindergarten.
These printable sunglasses alphabet matching cards come with tons of activities that will help with letter recognition and beginning sounds skills. Use these letter matching cards for loads of summer learning fun!
You’ve spent the last year prepping your preschooler for pre-k or kinder, and now we’re headed into summer. Do you have enough alphabet activities to prevent the “summer slide?” These sunglasses matching cards will keep summer learning fun!
But not only that, this post is all about the many ways to use these cards.
This printable also pairs well with other alphabet printables like our ABC Find & Circle Worksheets or our Interactive Alphabet Books.
Alphabet Matching Game Printable
These alphabet matching cards can be used for tons of different summer alphabet activities. With a little creativity and practically no prep, these sunglasses printable cards will be a huge hit with your preschoolers.
The printable include all 26 letters of the alphabet. They fit six to a page, making the cards not too big and not too small for preschoolers while also making them easy for busy teachers to prep. Just laminate, make a few swipes on the paper cutter, and you’re ready do use these cards for any of the following sunglasses activities below.
Why Alphabet Matching Matters
Being able to match upper case and lower case letters is a basic but important skill for preschoolers to learn. Because letter matching is a strong predictor of future reading success, it is a precursor to more complex beginning reading skills like letter-sound correspondences.
Preschoolers need a lot of exposure to learning the alphabet. this post talks about the importance of letter recognition in preschool.
Sunglasses Activities for Summer
At first glance, this may just look like a single summer alphabet activity, but I’m actually offering five different ways to practice letter matching and letter identification with just this one printable. Be sure to read all about those extra letter activities!
Sunglasses Alphabet Matching Activity for Preschoolers
Of course, these sunglasses are meant to be cut right in half and used as letter identification and matching puzzles.
If you have a young preschooler, offering the entire alphabet at once can be overwhelming. Start with just a few letters.
But, if you have a preschooler who is heading to kindergarten this fall, then offering the entire alphabet at once may be manageable. One tip though…if the sunglasses pieces get mixed up while you are cutting them apart, start the alphabet activity by having your preschooler sort the upper case and lower case letters.
Alphabet Memory Game for Preschoolers
Any summer alphabet activity like this one can be easily turned into a memory game.
Select a handful of letters, maybe twelve letters for a soon-to-be kinder, and just four letters for a very young preschooler. Mix up the upper and lower case letters and then lay them face down on a table in rows. The object of the game is to match the letters by taking turns flipping over two cards you think might match. The risk is that if the cards don’t match, you have to turn them back over and remember where every letter is!
Easy Alphabet Game for Toddlers
Arrange the sunglasses puzzles in matches, to make the prep for each round easier.
- On a tray, show your toddler two puzzle pieces that match, and one that does not match.
- For example, you might show your toddler the letters, S, s, and G.
- Have your toddler name each letter, and the sound if he knows it.
- If he doesn’t, offer the letter names and sounds and then ask your toddler to say them after you.
- Then, have your toddler do the sunglasses puzzle that matches. (Letters S and s in this example.)
- Rearrange the three pieces on the tray and repeat the above three times in total.
Printable Alphabet Activities for Toddlers
Toddlers do not learn in the same ways that preschoolers do. Activities like our Letter Formation Mats or our Letter Matching Mats are a good place to start when teaching your toddler the alphabet. Both these activities include beginning sound practice, too.
Gross Motor Sunglasses Printable Activity
This letter game is another favorite at our preschool because preschoolers are looking for ways to move while they are learning!
- Select a handful of sunglasses puzzles and separate the upper from the lower case letters.
- Tape the upper case letters onto the wall and then hold onto the lower case letters.
- Stand about fifteen feet away from the wall (or on the other side of the room). Have your preschooler draw a puzzle piece from your hand.
- Have your preschooler name the letter and sound, and then run to the wall to find the matching piece.
- If possible, allow your preschooler to tape the match to the wall to make a complete set of sunglasses.
Gross Motor ABC Matching Game
Some children need that kinesthetic component in learning, so keep this gross motor game. Here’s how to play a letter jump gross motor game with these sunglasses alphabet cards.
- Divide the upper and lower case letters into two piles.
- With each round, both the child and the adult (or two children if playing in the classroom) draw a sunglasses card.
- Each name the letter they drew.
- If the two letters from both the child and the adult make a match, then everyone stands up and says the alphabet, hopping with each letter, until the letter drawn is named.
- Then everyone sits back down and the game continues.
Summer Alphabet Activities and Alphabet Matching Printables
What else can you do with these printable sunglasses puzzles? Here are some other summer activities for preschoolers you might like.
During summer is a great time to transition preschool literacy knowledge from letter identification and letter sounds to more beginning sound work. Make your summer preschool theme extra fun with these popsicle beginning sound activities for preschoolers.
Get ready for some alphabet fun with these free Beach Bucket Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Activities! Perfect for any time of year, but especially during the sunny months, these activities will get your kids paws-deep in learning while having a blast.
Looking for a fun and engaging activity to help kids practice making upper and lowercase letters? Check out these ice cream tracing worksheets! Perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and first graders, these worksheets are not only educational, but also super cute and will delight your little ones!
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Toys for Summer Learning Activities
Here are some of our favorite toys to keep on hand during the summer so my preschoolers can keep on learning and preparing for kindergarten. Just click the images to see them up close!
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.