Did you know that it is “Play Tennis Day” today? It’s a little too cold and snowy in the Midwest to go to the tennis courts. So, we are playing our version of tennis – Tennis Racket & Ball Alphabet Match!
Tennis Racket & Ball Alphabet Match:
This tennis themed letter recognition activity is a fun, hands-on way for your pre-readers to practice identifying and matching lowercase and capital letters. Connecting the tennis racket to the ball using connect links will also help your kids develop their fine motor skills, dexterity, hand and eye coordination, and more! These developmental skills are important as they learn how to hold a pencil, write, and even turn pages in a book.
Getting Ready For The Tennis Racket & Ball Alphabet Match:
- Tennis Racket & Ball Alphabet Printables
- 26 Capital Letter Tennis Rackets
- 26 Lowercase Tennis Balls
What Else Is Needed:
- White Card Stock
- Laminating Pouches
- Hole Punch
- Connect Links
To prepare this alphabet activity, click on the pencil below to download and print the mats that you need. I like to print my resources on white card stock, because it is more durable. But, you can use copy paper too. Then, laminate the tennis rackets and ball and cut all of the pieces apart. Finally, punch a hole on all of the black dots.
How To Use The Tennis Racket & Ball Alphabet Match:
To use this alphabet activity, your kids will pick a tennis racket and identify the capital letter on it. Next, they will find the tennis ball with the matching lowercase letter. Your kids will then connect the racket and ball together using connect links. They will continue until all of the capital and lowercase letters are matched together.
Depending on your children’s letter knowledge, you may want to only give them a few letters to match at a time. I like to start with 4 or 5 letters and add 1 or 2 more each time as they learn the alphabet and become more confident.
This hands-on resource can be used as an independent activity for young in any early childhood classroom or homeschool. If you are a classroom teacher, these mats can used for literacy centers, morning tubs, or as an enrichment activity. For homeschoolers, try strewing this activity or include it in your morning basket.
This Tennis Racket & Ball Alphabet Match is an interactive way for your pre-readers to practice capital and lowercase letter recognition and work on developing their fine motor skills.
Pin It For Later:
Do you want to save this letter activity for later? Pin this to your alphabet activities board on Pinterest and it’ll be here for when you’re ready!
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Download The Freebie:
Click on the pencil below to download and print the free Tennis Racket & Ball Alphabet Match printables!