DIY can be fun but it is even more rewarding when your child can get learning value out of it.With a little one excited about learning, it is important to take advantage of his enthusiasm (and involve him a little in the DIY process).
After discovering all the supplies I needed to make felt letter flash cards already in my house, I was inspired by the Montessori version of sandpaper letters. The texture of sandpaper letters are meant to be traced while saying the letter sound (like an intro to letter writing).
The materials needed to make Felt Letter Flash Cards:
Adhesive Felt Letters
My toddler removed the paper backing while I adhered the letters to the index cards with a little bit of pressure to seal the bond. The large package of index cards I recently purchased were a dollar, while the adhesive felt letters were a clearance purchase at Michaels Arts and Crafts Store (from my teaching days) for only $3.00. Total project cost: $4.00
In addition to the set of uppercase letter flash cards, I made a set of number flash cards as well (numbers were also included in the package of adhesive felt letters). I also made extra versions including felt numbers with stars to count and a few extra letters just in case there was any damage to the flash cards (toddlers get a little too excited about holding things in their hands sometimes). For storage, I secured the cards in a couple of sandwich baggies (which I love, love, love for storing non-food items).
Although one of the most simple and inexpensive DIY projects I have ever done, the potential for learning and the variety of learning activities is endless.
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