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Discover Early Years - Match Letters with Objects
An activity to strengthen
An activity to strengthen
An activity to strengthen
Suitable for Discoverers ages
3-4 years old


In this activity, we will learn the sounds of the letters and strengthen our listening skills to recognise and differentiate the sounds of the letters.


Materials you need:

  1. Printout the letters (S, A, T, I, P, N) in capital and small.
  2. Toys, pictures or objects that begin with these letters. Prepare only one object for each letter.

Set it up:

  1. Printout / write out letters S, A, T, I, P, N separately in both capital and small letters.
  2.  Prepare a sign that says, “Match the object”

Steps to guide Little Discoverers:

  1. Introduce the names of the letters and its sound one by one using Jolly Phonics stories.
  2. Demonstrate how to identify and match an object to the sound of its beginning letter. e.g. This is a sock, which letter does it belong to? Socks /s/ which letter has the sound of /s/?
  3. Create opportunities for children to match the objects with its corresponding letter. Example: Put them in a basket for children to pick and match. Keep sounding the letters to guide them.
  4. Once completed, go through the objects and their sounds together to check if all the matching was done correctly.
Questions to help support their learning
  • Which letter do you think this object belongs to?
  • Why do you think this object matches this letter?


This activity utilises children’s listening skills as they learn to use phonetic sounds of letters and match them with an object with that particular beginning sound. This will improve their rhyme and alliteration and strengthen their literacy skills.

Key vocabularies to use:
Dependent on the objects prepared, but this activity focuses on the sounds of the letters.

Ways to adapt the activity:
For beginners, guide them in the matching activity as you repeat the vocabulary of the object while emphasising the sound.
For advanced learners, play the game “I spy with my little eyes…something that starts with the sound /a/.” Take turns coming up with ‘I Spy’ statements.

Continue the exploration by matching capital letters to small letters while learning the name and the sounds of all the letters.

What did we achieve?


Strengthening children’s listening skills and awareness of rhyme and alliteration will help them acquire key language skills for word building and prepare them to be competent readers.