This Alphabet Christmas Lights activity was lots of fun and extremely versatile. Plus, it was excellent practice for matching capital and lowercase letters! We used it as a bathtub activity (and my boys absolutely loved it)…but it could just as easily be adapted to use on a wall or even on the floor!
Here’s what you’ll need: sheets of craft foam in various colors (or construction paper, if you don’t plan on using it in the bathtub), scissors, a permanent black marker, clothespins, suction-cup hooks, and string (we used the rubber-like string that is used for making friendship bracelets).
1. Make a pattern for a Christmas lightbulb out of an index card or piece of cardstock. I just folded an index card in half and cut a lightbulb shape so that it would be symmetrical. Then use the pattern to cut out 26 bulbs from your various colors of craft foam.
2. Once all of your lightbulbs are cut from the craft foam, write a lowercase letter on each bulb.
3. Grab your clothespins and write a capital letter on each one.
4. Attach your suction cup to your bathtub wall and cut your string the desired length.
5. Add the clothespins (in alphabetical order, of course).
6. Once you’re ready, dump all of your lightbulbs (with lowercase letters written on them) into the bath water.
7. Let your child begin hanging the lowercase lightbulbs onto the capital clothespins!
Encourage your child to continue until all letters are hung!
If your kids are anything like mine, they’ll yank them off the clothespins just so the fun can continue!