To set up this activity I wrote the letters of the alphabet onto wooden clothespins (clothes pegs), lower case on one side and upper case on the other. I put these in a clear plastic bag with some ABC flash cards I bought from the dollar store.Make a letter matching activity from clothespins that also works on #finemotor skills! Click To Tweet
Matching the pins to the cards wasn’t too tricky for F – but getting the right end of the pin to squeeze and then getting that on to the card caused him many problems! Clothespins can be very hard to manipulate for little hands.
We took a break when he got too frustrated and came back to it the next day. To be honest I think having all 26 clothespins was just too much to start with, so I only gave him A-H.
The guys from LalyMom were over for a playdate and Ladybug (3yrs) was also interested in it!
Finally on the third day he was starting to get the idea. He also got some good fine motor practice opening the zip on the bag!
This is definitely an activity we’re going to keep trying. He’s so close to mastering how to operate those pesky clothespins! Having everything in one handy bag means I can just grab it and take it with us any time I think we’re going to need a time-filling activity. Once he starts learning some sight words we can still use these clothespins and take it to the next level!
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