Tuesday, March 1, 2011

DIY Montessori Sandpaper Letters

Okay...so they are not exactly sandpaper but felt letters.  I have been eyeing the montessori sandpaper letters for a long time, but the price tag...ouch!!!  Way too steep for me.  I knew that I could make my own for a fraction of the price and I found a great website to help.  The only difference is that I hole punched the starting place for tracing the letters.  They are SO easy to make

I found my materials at Michaels:
*3 inch discs-4 for $1.29
*stick-it felt letters and numbers- (I only used half the bag) and had enough to make an extra set.
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Total $ about $10!!!

There are so many uses for these letters.
Sophia can touch and feel the letters.
Audrey can trace the letters and make words.  A great tactile activity!


15 comments:

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

I think the felt texture is great for sensory as well. Great idea {from one former schoolteacher to another}

Thanks for linking to Creative Juice...

Michelle said...

This is fantastic, I have to try this soon! Visiting from Momnivore's Dilemma and I am a new follower!
Have a great evening!
Michelle
www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

This project is going to be featured at Creative Juice Thursday next week!

I love this take on Montessori's work...

Stop by and pick up a button from my nav bar...

Annie Moffatt said...

WOW! What an honor:) Thank you so much!

WanderingJewel said...

I love these letters. I'm going to make a set for my nieces for Christmas!

quiverfull said...

oh fun! saw your activity on Childhood 101. we did this when my boys were little, but with glitter, on paper plates. they really enjoyed writing the letters in glue and shaking the glitter on (and off :). we used the same technique through their kindergarten years with sight words.
great post!

Chapter Forty said...

Your letters are not only so educational, but beautiful to touch and look at.

The girl who painted trees said...

Love this! but do the letters come in lower case too? It's easier to teach lower case first and this is how it is done in most MOntessori classrooms.

Annie Moffatt said...

I'm not sure. The one that I found had only upper case. I'm sure you can find some online:) let me know!

creativejewishmom.com said...

great project, useful and nice looking too! wonderful to "see" a new face on Craft Schooling Sunday, and hope you'll be back again soon!

Lori said...

Great idea, I really like the Montessori concept, but the price tag, I agree ouch! Any ideas for a diy movable alphabet?

The girl who painted trees said...

@Lori, I used scrapbook letters (they are tag board) for my moveable alphabet. They work great. There were red ones in the Target Dollar section in February. I bought 6 packages and painted the vowels blue. We use them daily. http://theadventuresofbear.blogspot.com/2010/06/school-corner.html but I hadn't painted the vowels yet in the photo.

happy's mommy said...

LOVE this concept!

So glad I stumbled on your site from the Crew...I'm following ya now too. :)

...danielle

Raising Little Rhodies

Brandy said...

I like your version better than the sandpaper. I HATE the way sandpaper feels and so does one of my children. Gives me goosebumps...like nails on a chalkboard. LOL! Now, felt I can handle.

Jeannette said...

What did you use to punch the hole for starting point?

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