You know the song, “First you take the peanuts and you crunch ’em, you crunch ’em.” Nothing goes together like peanut butter and jelly so it seemed appropriate to create an alphabet matching game celebrating this pairing.
Alphabet Matching Game
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Setting Up the Alphabet Matching Game
Download (see below for free printable) and print the sandwich cards. Cut along the dotted lines.
Playing the Alphabet Matching Game
Invite students to lay out the uppercase cards. Then, match the lowercase letter cards by placing them on top of the peanut butter cards. Finally, come through and place the correct picture on top of the sandwich to match the letter sound.
Differentiating the Alphabet Matching Game
-If students aren’t ready for the letter sound component, just leave the picture cards out of the activity.
-Play a traditional matching game by turning all the letter cards face down in rows. Children take turns flipping a pair of cards trying to find a letter match. If a match is found, they get to keep the pair and take a second turn. The person with the most matches at the end wins.
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Extending the Sandwich Mood
Plan a whole day of sandwich fun with these songs and books.
Sing the Peanut Butter and Jelly Song with the children. You can even add in hand movements. It’s a good song to work on sequencing.
Continue the sandwich fun with these read-alouds and activities.
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach is a tall tale of a bear who leaves his home in the forest, explores a city, and stumbles across a sandwich. It’s not until the very end that the reader discovers that sandwich didn’t really disappear because of the bear and that the whole story is just a tall tale to cover up the real sandwich theft. I even created some more sandwich activities to do with this book.—>The Bear Ate Your Sandwich Activities
One of my favorite books from my childhood was The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lloyd. In the story, the town creates a giant jam sandwich trap to attract a swarm of wasps.
Of course, you’ll need to grab Peanut Butter and Jelly: A Play Rhyme by Nadine Bernard especially if you enjoy the song.
A favorite book in my classroom was Sam’s Sandwich by Matt Pelham. This book is shaped like a sandwich with fold-out pages that allow the ingredients to spill out the sides.
And, my youngest son adores Carla’s Sandwich by Debbie Herman. This book encourages children to be who they are and embrace their tastes. You can even watch this story read by Allison Janney on Storyline Online. My son may have watched it 103 times.
Bears Don’t Eat Egg Sandwiches by Julie Fulton is a silly book about a bear who wishes to eat a boy who continuously offers him an egg sandwich.
A little girl decides to make a sandwich full of her Daddy’s favorite things in Daddy’s Sandwichby Pip Jones. It’s definitely a unique sandwich.
Enjoy building alphabet recognition and having a little sandwich fun in the process.