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.
For more ABC Letter Box Ideas check out:
ABC Box from Pink and Green Mama
Counting Coconuts: Alphabet Box plus some game ideas
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.
Wonder Mom says
I think the alphabet pasta is an excellent idea for the box- and the colors you chose are so bright and inviting!
Confessions Of A Homeschooler says
Ah! LOVE that idea! I'll have to come up with something :o)
Fun! I just made a sensory tub this AM. Gabe LOVED it!
Deb Chitwood says
I love your ABC letter box – it's a great combination sensory tub and alphabet box! And it can be adapted for so many different activities. Thanks for giving me permission to use your photo. I featured your photo and post at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2011/01/10/activity-of-the-week-abc-letter-box-and-astronaut-unit/. Please feel free to pick up a "featured on" badge from my tab at the top of my blog!
Those colors are absolutely gorgeous! How did you get them to come out so bright? I've been trying all night to make those colors with no success. lol 🙂
Jess, first I bought neon food coloring colors–not the standard colors. Then I added a minimum of 10-12 drops.
Thank you so much for answering! Neon colors…what an invention. You probably would've been laughing at me in my kitchen last night trying to mix my colors to make them look like that. 🙂 Thank you, and I hope you don't mind if I use this idea. I think it is fantastic and my little girl will just adore these colors. I will be sure to link back to your post!
Let me know when you post! I'd love to check it out.
I LOVE your ABC letter box, it is an excellent idea. Got to make it.
What is rubbing alcohol and the function of it?
Sweet Little Smoothie says
What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing!!
ps – I'm your newest follower 🙂
Rachel E. says
I am really hoping I can find ABC pasta here. I live in Poland and I have fallen in love with your handwriting worksheets. I want to put them in use this fall. Your creativity goes beyond the norms. 🙂 That's a compliment. Thanks a bunch.
Deb Chitwood says
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Maureen! I featured your ABC letter box and photo in my DIY Alphabet Box post at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2011/12/26/montessori-monday-diy-alphabet-box/