As part of our Letter of the Week studies, I decided to add an ABC Letter Box.
First I colored 2 boxes of ABC macaroni noodles and then placed the mini abc’s in a shoebox. [I mixed about 1 T. of rubbing alcohol and 10-12 drops of food coloring to about 1 c. of dry noodles in a Ziplock bag. Spread on a paper towel-lined cookie sheet to dry.]
Next I added objects and different fonts of the letter we are studying to the box.
Tips: Use mini-erasers, buttons, old abc puzzle pieces, chipboard letters, wooden letters, miniatures, and printouts.
I printed out ABC images from Homeschool Creations at a reduced size to fit in our box.
On the first day of the letter study I pull out the box and have the girls tell me the names of all the objects. We listen to the first sound the word makes. Then I point to the letter and tell them that this is the letter that makes this sound. Here are a couple more ideas:
- Place both the target letter objects and other letter objects into the box. Have the student sort the objects that start with the letter ____ and objects that don’t start with the letter____.
- Match letters with objects. Place several objects from letters learned in the box along with tile letters. Have the student pull out the objects and the tiles and then match the object to the correct beginning sound letter.
- Place only letters in the box. Hold up an object and have the student find the matching beginning letter.
I highly recommend:
ABC Themed Sensory Tub by Time for Tots (available for purchase $15.00)
They have everything all ready for you! A wonderful time-saver and they are wonderful to work with.