Clothespin Letter Match – Improve Fine Motor Skills and Match Letters

Posted on December 7th, 2010 by Carolyn Hart in Learning the Alphabet

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Clothespin Letter Match


Use wooden or plastic clothespins and a permanent ink pen to create an inexpensive alphabet matching and/or ABC “order” activity, Clothespin Letter Match.

To make your own Clothespin Letter Match, begin by printing one letter on each clothespin. I hold the clothespin in my hand and point the open jaws away from me when I do this. When the activity is complete, have your child “pin” the clothespin to the matching letter or picture.

I’ve made several of these over the years. I particularly like the plastic clothespins because they often come in a variety of colours. One of the activities I made uses four strips of coloured cardstock (four different colours), clothespins in the same four colours and an alphabet border (cut into four pieces). I glue the alphabet border to the cardstock , laminate the cardstock and then print the matching letters onto the clothespins. Using four different colours makes it a manageable activity for young children. Some children will “match” the letters while others will use their knowledge of the alphabet to put the clothespins in ABC order. Either way, it is an alphabet recognition activity with the added bonus of using fine motor skills to manipulate the clothespins successfully.

This is very similar to the alphabet border I used for the clothespin letter match activity.

Alphabet Border at Amazon.com

Alphabet Border at Amazon.ca

Plastic Clothespins at Amazon.com

Plastic clothespins at Amazon.ca






Note: clothespins are not toys and can be taken apart quite easily. Please provide adult supervision.

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