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Ever used cork boards for literacy activities?

October 18, 2017Jenny

Cork board matching activities are so versatile you could use them for virtually any type of literacy task. With young children, they also take on the added challenge of helping to develop fine motor skills. Here are three ideas which we have had a play with this week:

Matching Letters:

This gets pre-schoolers used to identifying letters regardless of which size or font they are.
Letter matching up activity.

This one is really straightforward yet it gives young children that added confidence and familiarity with letters. This could also be developed by using different fonts or styles of letter as well as matching upper and lower case letters together. There is a lot of debate as to how early is too early for explicitly teaching letters, but being familiar with them is crucial to developing other literacy skills. Like anything else, letters can be taught in an engaging and age-appropriate way which children enjoy. (For a free download to help children to learn letters, check out the Rabbit Ideas Pre-reading Letter Mat and Challenge Cards!)


A simple activity but very useful for toddlers to be able to demonstrate their knowledge of colours.
Matching up colours.

This is a great idea for young pre-schoolers or toddlers, who are just starting to explore through more structured activities. This could be done with pompoms, coloured bowls, pencils, fruit, the list is virtually endless! It also opens up the potential for further discussion. At the moment, Little is struggling to remember the colour ‘Yellow’. Instead he says- Like the sun in the sky, like that felt tip there, like sand at the beach. By using these similes he is developing his vocabulary and showing me that he knows the colour, he is just working on recalling and pronouncing the word ‘yellow’ at the moment.

Rhyme time:

Carrot parrot sat cat log dog. By talking to young children and playing with rhyming words you can help boost their understanding of wider literacy.
Match up the rhyming pairs.

This is more challenging, but older pre-schoolers might be interested in starting to match rhyming words together. Big quickly got the hang of this and was keen to share other rhyming words he been practicing at school, too. This is also a great speaking and listening exercise and can be adapted easily by giving clues if needed until they work it out for themselves. I posted this idea on Instagram and it had some people flummoxed- the objects are: Carrot, Dog, Sat, Parrot, Log and Cat if that helps…


Have you ever used cork boards for this kind of activity? I’d love to see your ideas- please tag me on @rabbit_ideas on Instagram!

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Comments (15)

  • The Pramshed

    October 24, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    This is a fab idea and something I had never thought of before. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    1. Jenny Rumney

      October 25, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks, Claire, at least it is a simple one to do at home without buying anything extra! 🙂

  • Hayley@ Mission: Mindfulness

    October 25, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    Really good ideas here for using corkboard! I think the twins will like the colour matching. Thanks for linking up to #thesatsesh xx

  • Jenny Rumney

    October 25, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Great- colour matching is fab for little ones.

  • Alice | Letters to my Daughter

    October 26, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Really great idea, adds a new dimension rather than just doing it on paper. Thanks for sharing! #BlogCrush

    1. Jenny Rumney

      October 27, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you

  • fridgesays

    October 26, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    #thesatsesh YES and it totally works, I also like a cork board for mini displays and grouping games….we have a white board too that I use and just place the items to the side, it saves paper!

  • Jenny Rumney

    October 27, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Yes to a white board, too! Saves money/resources and some kids don’t like their ‘mistakes’ being permanent so it is helpful for them to be able to self-correct, too!

  • Jaki

    October 30, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Great ideas. I like the letters one. #familyfun

    1. Jenny Rumney

      October 31, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you, yes it is really useful for letter recognition. 🙂

  • Tammymum

    November 2, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Ah wow these really are fab. What a great simple yet effective idea. I’ll be off to buy me a board! Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

    1. Jenny Rumney

      November 2, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Yay! I’d love to see any activities you try!

  • Sarah | Digital Motherhood

    November 5, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Such a good idea, would never have thought of this #bloggerpinparty

    1. Jenny Rumney

      November 6, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you for reading!

  • claire @ The ladybirds’ adventures

    November 10, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    We’ve never tried anything like this. Thank you for joining #bloggerpinparty

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