Are you doing alphabet activities for kids at home or in your preschool? Then creating a DIY alphabet letter box using toys and items you have at home is simple. If you don’t have alphabet letter toys at home, then use the printable version of the letters below.
DIY Alphabet Letter Box.
When I set out to make my printable Read Write Build Mats I spent hours working on it to make it as child friendly as possible. That is, until I actually printed it out and put it into use. I quickly learned that by having the alphabet letters all mixed up my kids were getting frustrated with having to search for the letters every single time. I set out to find a solution to this problem.
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If I hadn’t lived in South Africa at the time I was writing this post I would have definitely purchased the Montessori Moveable Alphabet! But being away from home in USA and being a DIY (Do it yourself) kinda girl….
Enter my ABC Alphabet Letter Case Box!
I went to the local plastic store (Plastic land) and looked for a case that had enough dividers for each alphabet letter, plus a little more space with removable dividers.
Then, I printed out my Read Build Write Letter Mat Printables and I printed a second page of the alphabet letters and cut around it. I then taped these upper and lower case letters to each divider.
That seemed better… but still… it seemed so BORING.
Then I went into my kids play room and found my Melissa and Doug See and Spell toy.
I stole the letters from that box and placed them into the right spot in my box. I love the quality of these wooden letters but unfortunately I was missing a few letters. Also, there were no capital letters! I mixed in some alphabet magnets that I had and BINGO! I suggest more ways to build your letter box with letter toy suggestions at the end of the post.
My perfect set! Isn’t it so visually appealing? It definitely draws the kids in now.
Alphabet letters to fill in your alphabet box:
I know that we will be able to use this box for so many things now.
Why should you have an Alphabet Box?:
- It helps teach a child how to spell their name.
- It helps to teach a child individual letter sounds
- Organization – All the letters are divided accordingly so that is easy to add the relevant letter to a letter unit.
- It is less frustrating for a child when things are organized and he/she knows where to find what hey are looking for
- It is perfect for Read Build Write Mats!
- The colorful design makes them curious and want to explore and touch and play with the letters enabling them to work with the letters.
- Instead of placing the alphabet letters in there, add in little trinkets and items that start with that alphabet letter. For example, a little butterfly toy for “B”.
If any of you purchase a box from amazon with the correct amount of dividers please let me know so I can add it to this post’s recommendations. 🙂
For toddlers and preschoolers you can use this box when preparing for your letter of the week activities.
I recommend the below products for your alphabet letter case.
I store the mats inside the container so it is quick and easy for me and the kids!
Letter of the week
Did you see our printable abc alphabet letter preschool packs? They work on a multitude of skills while teaching the alphabet. From fine motor skills, early math skills, visual perception and more it is definitely worth checking out. Also add the printable letter crafts to your weekly activities too!
Find more Alphabet ideas on my Alphabet Pinterest board