Thank you to Dollar Tree for inspiring this fun educational activity!
I have found that learning through play is one of the most impactful ways to get my daughters engaged and interested. So I'm always on the lookout for new ways to make learning fun.
Right now Zoë is working on improving her reading skills, and we're working with Kaylee on letter recognition. So when I saw the Dollar Tree had some die cut foil letters in stock in the school supplies section, my mind starting whirling with what I could do with them.
We picked up a couple packs, and I adhered the letters to clothes pins knowing that we could play a variety of games with them, practically anywhere we were. It's a super easy project, and you're really only limited by your imagination on how to make learning with letters fun!
Learning with Letters DIY Project
(Everything available at many Dollar Tree locations)
- Die cut foil letters
- Clothes pins
- School glue
- Storage container
- Pop the letters out. It also comes with numbers, so you can use those as well. There are a total of 104 characters in the package, including multiples of commonly used letters so your child can spell more words.
- Glue each letter to a clothes pin. Glue them upright if you're going to clip them on things, or upside down if you're going to hang them from something like a clothes line. You could also glue letters upright on one side of the clothes pin, and the same letter upside down on the other side so they could be used both ways. Another idea is to glue a magnet on the backside so they can also be used on a refrigerator.
- Allow them to dry. You need to watch them closely while they dry because the letters will start to curl from the glue. When they do, just press them gently back down and they will regain their shape. You may have to do this twice during the drying process.
- Store them in a plastic containers when they're not in use so they don't get lost.
Learning with Letters Game Ideas
5 Game Ideas for Younger Children
- Have your child arrange all of the letters in order of the alphabet. You can time them and they can repeat it to try and beat their best time. This can be done on your plastic container if it's large enough or anywhere the letters will clip to.
- If you have 2 children, they can compete to see who can arrange the letters of the alphabet the fastest.
- Say a letter and have your child look for it, then clip it onto the plastic container. See how many letters they can find. You can also time them to make it more exciting.
- Make the sound of a letter, and ask your child to find the letter that makes that sound.
- Clip the letters in a random order and have your child tell you what each of the letters are, and what sound they make.
5 Game Ideas for Beginning Readers
- Have your child spell as many words as they can from all of the letters.
- If you have 2 children, they can compete to see who can spell the most words in a set amount of time.
- Have your child put together a sentence based upon how they're feeling.
- Spell out a word by clipping the letters onto the container, or anywhere like a fence, and have your child sound out the word.
- Spell out a sentence and have your child read it back to you.
Learning with letters is always fun, and it's even more fun when you create your own games. Ask your child to help you come up with some fun game ideas, and they will be even more engaged!
What game would you play with these letters?