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Basketball Letter Recognition Activity

Make learning the ABC’s a slam dunk this basketball season with this Basketball Letter Recognition Activity!  

This letter recognition activity is an engaging and entertaining way for your kids to practice identifying lowercase and capital letters. 

Not only will your students work on naming the letters, but they will also using the recording sheets to find the matching letters or write the letters. 

Learning the ABC's

If your children have just started learning the ABC’s, you can start with just a few capital or lowercase letters at a time. Once they learn those letters, you can add more every time they play. 

If your young learners know all of the letter names, they can say the sounds that the make as they put the basketballs in the basket. There are ways to differentiate this resource for your students!

Letter Find Activity

Getting Ready To Use The Basketball Letter Recognition Activity:

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What’s Included:

  • 26 Capital Letter Basketball Cards
  • 26 Lowercase Letter Basketball Cards
  • 1 Capital Letter Recording Sheet
  • 1 Lowercase Letter Recording Sheet
  • 1 Blank Recording Sheet

What Else Is Needed:

  • White Card Stock 
  • Scissors
  • Basketball Net Basket
  • White Copy Paper
  • Laminator
  • Laminating Pouches
  • Bingo Dauber
  • Pencil
  • Small Manipulatives (optional)

To set up this alphabet activity for your preschoolers, click on the button below and fill out the form.

Next, download and print the basketball cards on card stock. Then, print the recording sheet that you want to use on copy paper.

March Madness Activity for Kids

After printing the basketball cards, cut them apart. You may want to laminate the cards so your kids can reuse this activity over and over. 

How To Use The Basketball Letter Recognition Activity:

For this activity, your pre-readers will pick a basketball card and identify the capital or lowercase letter on it as they put it in the basketball net basket. 

Letter Search Activity

After putting the basketball in the net, your kids can use a Bingo dauber to mark the letter on the recording sheet.

They can also use small manipulatives such as mini erasers or pom poms to cover the letter. 

Find the Letter Activity

On the blank recording sheet, your children can write the letters that they put in basketball net basket. 

Your preschoolers will continue identifying the letters until they find or write all of them on their recording sheet. 

Letter Recognition Activity

This Basketball Letter Recognition Activity is a fun way for your pre-readers to practice identifying capital and lowercase letters!  

Extend the Learning:

You can add this letter activity to your March lesson plans or just use it in your classroom or homeschool to make learning fun! You can also pair it with basketball books like these:

B is for Baller: The Ultimate Basketball Alphabet by James Littlejohn

Goodnight Basketball by Michael Dahl

My First Book of Basketball: A Rookie Book by The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids

More Sports Literacy Activities for Kids:

If you are looking for more sports-themed activities for your preschoolers and kindergarteners, try these resources.

Football Letter Recognition Activity

Tennis Racket & Ball Alphabet Match

Golf Alphabet Clip Cards

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Download The Basketball Letter Recognition Activity:

To get the printables for this Basketball Letter Recognition Activity, fill out the form below.


Tuesday 21st of March 2023

Great for March Madness!


Monday 6th of March 2023

My students love this game! Please make other versions for different sports!

Mandi Moore

Thursday 2nd of March 2023

Please make a hockey version!!!


Thursday 2nd of March 2023

We are a big basketball school! This is perfect!

Sara Swain King

Wednesday 1st of June 2022

Please make a soccer ball Game Day Letters. The Football and Basketball are great!

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