Tuesday 5 April 2011


Montessori Activity: Tracing Letters Using "Sandpaper" Letters

Age: From 3 years old

Activity Duration: 10-15 minutes

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Objective(s): To teach the child to read and write letters and their sounds.

Materials: Sandpaper letters

1. Present the letters to your child a few at a time, in these groups:

1st set: c m a t
2nd set: s r i p
3rd set: b f o g
4th set: h j u l
5th set: d w e n
6th set: k q v x y z

2. Here is a video how:

Box of plain cards: 20 DKK (4.80 SGD) from Tiger
Foam letters: 10 DKK (2.40 SGD) from Chao Chao at Lyngby train station

How to Make "Sandpaper" Letters Yourself?

Buy the above materials and paste the letters on each card using UHU glue.

Additional Information:
This activity is also good for toddlers who are learning phonics, but not writing. The tracing of the letters just makes it fun for them. We tried this activity today (2Y1M1D), although J is way too young for it. Initially, he thought that they are magnets, and tried to use them as that. Then he was getting slowly better in understanding the concept as we went along the session. He tried to trace it, but not correctly. I didn't think that he would be interested, and wanted to stop the game. To my surprise, he said and hand signed for more. We continued for quite a while, and each time I made the phonic sound, he laughed and made them too. It has been a fun activity for him to learn the phonics sounds.




If you have no time to make them yourself, it is also available from Amazon:

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