What do you do with an interested preschooler while you are trying to give her older siblings their homeschool lessons?

This is the question I’ve been wondering all summer as I’ve pondered how to jump back in to homeschooling come the end of August! My daughter simply loves to be a part of everything. I’ve got to find a workable solution. Since I love busy boxes and busy bags (for on the go), I am so excited to put some together for learning our ABCs right here at home.

abc clothesline

My ABC Matching Game Clothes Line is based on the Clothes Line Busy Bag I found at Money Saving Mom. While my preschooler readily recognizes the uppercase letters, the lowercase letters are not as familiar. I decided to adapt the Clothes Line Busy Bag into an early literacy letter recognition activity.

Alphabet Matching

As Kitty places the clothes on the matches, she’ll see both the uppercase letter and the lowercase letter. I put 6-7 items on each clothes line. Because my daughter is so young, I try to just give her one set at a time until it becomes more familiar. But, she loves them so she wants to do them all at once!

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I also added a pocket “washing machine” so she can take the clothes off of the line and “wash” them.

ABC Learning with Fine Motor Skills Too

There are a couple of ways to use this free printable. One way is to put hook-and-loop tape (Velcro) dots on the back. For the very young, this is a fine motor skill activity all on it’s own.

For an other child, I added a string to make a clothes line (punch a hole on each pole and tie the string on) to make an even more challenging fine motor skill activity. It takes a lot of fine motor control to push the side of the clothes pin and insert the “clothing” into the clip.

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Kitty especially likes to play this game with her older brother or with my help. So far, she enjoys trying with the clothes pins. I am hoping that the more we do this together, the sooner she’ll figure out how to work the clothes pins by herself.

Regardless, she loves the ABC Clothes Line, and I can’t wait to keep playing with her!

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