Beach and ocean themes are perfect for the end of the school year. We also will add them into the beginning of the yer sometimes because it’s still so warm when we go back to school. And we all know that in your preschool classroom you may find different levels of alphabet awareness and recognition throughout the school year. This is why our crabs at the beach letter puzzles include 3 different sets of alphabet practice to be used with all levels in your classroom!
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Crabs at the Beach Letter Puzzles
This free printable crabs at the beach letter puzzles activity includes 78 total crab cards. In total there are 3 different sets included in the downloaded file at the pink button below. One set has uppercase to uppercase letter matching. The second set has uppercase to lowercase letter matching. And the final set has lowercase to lowercase letter matching.
Simply print the pages in the activity that your preschoolers will use. Cut the crab cards out on the gray lines around each letter puzzle. Then carefully cut down the middle of each crab on the dotted line to split the card in half.
How to Play
The crabs at the beach letter puzzles can be played individually, at a learning center, and in a small group setting.
It is important to teach your preschoolers through practice and modeling how to play the uppercase and lowercase letter matching game first. The expectations of how it is to be played need to be shown before your preschoolers can be successful working individually or even in a small group.
Start in a whole group setting when introducing a new activity like the crabs at the beach letter puzzles. This way the first time your preschoolers experience the activity, it is in a low stress environment where they can see their classmates answering questions, making mistakes, and being successful without pressure falling just on one preschooler.
A super simple way to play includes flipping the pieces over and play a memory game with them. When we do this, we do not use all 26 letters. We usually pick 6-10 letters to play with.
If matching all 26 letters is overwhelming at first, another ideas is start with the letters in your child’s name. Keep adding more and more letters over time until the whole set is being played with!
Whichever way you play, your preschoolers will do lots of learning with the crabs at the beach letter puzzles!
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