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Clothespin Letter Match

Age Range
3-5 yrs
Setup Time
5-10 minutes!
Setup Location

Very young learners (as young as 3yrs old) develop their understanding of the alphabetic principle — the understanding that there are systematic and predictable relationships between written letters and spoken sounds.

It is important to teach the alphabet to your child for the following reasons:

  1. Letter naming is a strong predictor of later reading success
  2. Learning letter names helps a child learn letter sounds
  3. It helps students develop their understanding of the alphabetic principle

This activity will help your child develop this understanding of upper and lowercase alphabets and help him explore the alphabet letters and sounds while exercising his fine motor skills!


  1. Write the letters of the alphabet onto wooden clothespins (clothespegs), lower case on one side and upper case on the other

  2. Put these in a clear plastic bag with some ABC flash cards

  3. Help your child match the letters by attaching the clothespins to the right alphabet flash card

Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.