Sticky Note Match – Early Literacy Activity to Teach Letter Sounds & Word Recognition

Sticky Note Match – Early Literacy Activity to Teach Letter Sounds & Word Recognition

Hands On Early Literacy Activity

The Sticky Note Match game is and early literacy activity that is perfect for both the child learning the sounds of the alphabet or the for emergent / early reader.

During my homeschool years, I was always looking for ideas to make learning fun for my 4 kiddos. Sticky Note Match is a fun activity I used with my children to practice letter sounds and word recognition. This is great for rainy days or any time when you are ready to put away the textbooks and jump in to some fun, creative learning!

Disclosure: This post was written by a member of the Trigger Memory team – founders of Times Tales, Pet Math and the Kids Chore Chart.

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Object of the Game

The object of the Sticky Note Game is to match up the writing on the note to objects in the house.

Items Needed


Sticky Notes

Easy Level Game

If your participant is just learning how to read, write each letter of the alphabet on a sticky note. Have your child walk around the house and place the notes on objects that begin with the letter sounds. For example, if the letters are T, R, and B they can stick the T on the tub, the R on the rug and the B on the bed. This is a great visual way to teach children to connect letters and sounds. Kids love this game and learn the alphabet sounds the fun way!

Advanced Level Game

For more advanced readers, write words or even blends (th, ch, fr, etc.) to match up the sticky notes to objects. For example, “fr” can be matched up with freezer.


For multiple players, the winner is the one that gets rid of all their sticky notes first. If you only have one player, set a timer for the player to try to beat the clock!

Final Thoughts

Kids are always more eager to learn when they are having fun. Here are 5 ways you can incorporate learning games into your homeschool routine:

  1. Make Friday the Fun Learning Day! My boys always looked forward to Friday because that was the day we did fun hands-on games for math, reading and geography. This is a good way to shake up the routine.
  2. Substitute schoolwork in the summer and during vacations with learning games. During my years of homeschooling, we did not take the summer off,  but the load was certainly lightened. Substituting a learning game as the lesson for the day, eases the complaints from kids having to do schoolwork during the summer months.
  3. Use learning games as a reward for achievement. For example, if your children get their schoolwork done in a timely manner, they can play a game as a substitute for the next day’s subject, such as math or reading.
  4. Write your children’s favorite games on a pieces of paper. Have them draw the game that will be played that day.
  5. As a substitute for a days schoolwork, have your children invent their own game using common household items for learning such as cards, marbles, measuring cups, etc.

Looking for more fun games and activities? Check out the FREE printable book 20 Homemade Games for Learning. It is loaded with engaging games to give your homeschool curriculum a fun twist.

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    Jennie Winters is the creator and co-author of the Times Tales®, Pet Math, Memory Triggers, and Zone Cleaning for Kids. Jennie is a veteran homeschool mother to four who now enjoys spending her time writing out-of-the-box educational materials for children. When Jennie isn't developing new products, she enjoys painting, traveling and hanging out by the lake.

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