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Groundhog Day is right around the corner, February 2nd in fact, and for those of you that are looking for a fun activity for your preschooler to use on that day, this file folder game is absolutely perfect! Not only will you get to discuss that adorable little groundhog for a little while, but you’ll also work into some early literacy practice by matching the upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet!
Of course, like the real one, this groundhog has to look for his shadow. The difference is that this little guy’s shadow has a lowercase letter on it that needs to match his.
Groundhog Alphabet Matching
To make one of your own, you’ll want to first attach the cover that is included in the printable set (below).
Then, you’ll need to start cutting out those little groundhogs.
Included in the download are two sets of alphabet groundhogs. The first set is the groundhogs themselves and each one has an uppercase letter of the alphabet. All 26 letters of the alphabet are included.
The second set contains another set of 26 groundhogs, these, however, look like the groundhog’s shadow and contain a lowercase letter of the alphabet.
You’ll need to attach the shadows to the inside of your file folder using some clear contact paper.
The colored groundhogs will need to be laminated for durability and cut out so that they can be matched.
The object of this game is as simple as it sounds.
Just have your preschooler or kindergartner match the two groups of groundhogs. Each uppercase colored groundhog needs to be matched to the correct lowercase shadow groundhog.
Personally, I didn’t wind up using any Velcro on this game and I just thought it would be a bit too much with the number of matching pieces and we kind of like that we can just match them up, wipe them off, and move on. If you would prefer to use it though, go right ahead!