Last week in my post about inexpensive and DIY sandpaper letters, I said that my son absolutely loved Montessori sandpaper letters (Learning to Read Can Be Just a Fun Game). His favorite activity was matching the sandpaper letters to small objects, similar to activities using alphabet boxes.
Today, I want to share some wonderful resources for DIY alphabet boxes. An alphabet box is great for preschoolers – and was an essential activity for my son! At home, we used the simplest version possible – sandpaper letters and a basket filled with small objects starting with each letter of the alphabet (to go with the sounds for each consonant and short-vowel sound). Please use what works best for you and your child, making your “alphabet box” as simple or as elaborate as you wish.
DIY Alphabet Boxes and Variations
Counting Coconuts has directions on how to make an alphabet box (The Alphabet Box - Part I – includes free letter template) and how to use the alphabet box (The Alphabet Box – Part II - photo at the top of my post).
Nurturing the Tender Years also has an alphabet box with drawers.
What DID We Do All Day? has a page on sound bins along with a link to a post with lots of ideas for acquiring and storing miniature objects.
Kingdom of the Pink Princesses made alphabet/sound boxes using boxes from IKEA. For a similar system, you can choose the order to present letters/phonetic sounds (and label your alphabet boxes) according to one of the systems in this post: In What Order Should You Introduce Letters to Your Preschooler?
Smiling Like Sunshine puts an individual alphabet box with miniature objects and the corresponding sandpaper letter on the shelf.
To the Lesson! has a sound box activity using sandpaper letters and objects.
Jojoebi made phonetic sound pouches.
The Idea Box used 26 baby wipe boxes to make alphabet boxes.
Shannon’s Sharings made sound bags.
Spell Outloud has an ABC letter box that’s a mixture of an alphabet box and a sensory box. This could be used in a number of ways and with variations according to season or unit study.
Places to buy small objects
Craft stores typically have lots of small objects that work well. Miniature toys, such as Barbie accessories, are also good sources.
Although often more expensive, you can buy objects specifically for sound sorting. Here are some examples:
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