Alphabet Parking Lot: Matching Capital and Lowercase Letters

Capital & Lowercase Alphabet Parking Lot


One of the boys’ favorite things to play with is cars. They spend hours playing with their assortment of Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars. Little Brother used to be the only car lover, but he has now passed along his love for cars to his Big Brother.

I was able to harness their love for cars into a fun activity where they can play and learn simultaneously! This has definitely been a hit…and I’m planning to leave it up for a while so that they can continue to play with it!


Here’s what you’ll need:  tape (I used some extra washi tape I had, but I would suggest using painter’s tape–be sure to test it on your floors first to make sure it won’t peel off the finish), scissors, and toy cars. You could also use a posterboard instead of putting tape directly on your floors!



 1. Cut pieces of tape into 2-inch segments. You’ll need 28 pieces of tape.




2. Lay a long piece of tape along the wall and then make your “parking spaces” using the 2-inch pieces of tape.







3. Write capital letters on small pieces of tape and add to each parking space.





 4. Write lowercase letters onto small pieces of tape and add them to the tops of your toy cars.




 5. Let your child start “parking” the cars in their corresponding space.




















Check out more alphabet activities here and on our Pinterest board!


  1. This is such a cute idea! I will be doing something like this on cardboard for my little one. Just FYI tape will eat at the finish on your floors! I can’t tell you how many people have let tape sit on their finished wood only to rip it off along with their top coat. I don’t use washi but most kinds of tape will eventually eat at the finish. Blue painter’s tape will do it the least and clear tape is the worst! But it kept my dad in business for years!

      1. Blue painters tape should not leave any marks if it’s not left down for weeks. If it is just tapped down lightly, it will stay in place for this activity. You can also use paper strips and use those clear dots that stick to walls. Cut them in half to make them go farther. They stay in place and you would only need 2 or 3 for each strip.
        Great idea!

    1. Good to know! I have not placed tape on the floor for long, but did make a masking tape maze on carpet once. I left it for a couple of days and that was a terrible challenge to remove! Maybe if it is taken off same day it can be ok??

  2. What a great adaptation of all the parking car activities! I really love this-cute, simple and perfect for letter-learning. Great share!

  3. This is a really cute idea, but my daughter is not so keen on the idea of playing with cars, does anyone know of something I could replace the cars with for a girl?

    1. Monique, you can do it with most anything. We didn’t really have space to have a parking lot, so I made one on paper. Perhaps you can adapt it with pictures of horses and stables, or sprinkles on cupcakes, crowns on princesses. It’s really just a fun way to match the letters.

    2. Does she like the little stackable beanie animals? They are everywhere these days….even at the dollars store. The little parking spaces can be their homes, in a neighborhood… could even use construction paper and cut out house shapes to put on the wall with the letter or number so it’s not covered up when they are in place. The parking place can be the driveway to the house. Just one suggestion….or little animals and their stalls. Have fun!

  4. I loved this idea, a very cool way of encouraging learning. I can already think of different ways this can be used apart from alphabets like match patterns, words, colors etc.

    My daughter is 7 years old and I’m sure this can definitely get her up and thinking, improve her problem-solving abilities.

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