Being a lover of all things Montessori, I have always wanted a moveable alphabet to use with the kids. If you’ve not heard of a moveable alphabet before, quite simply it’s individual letters that kids can manipulate to practice making words. To buy, Montessori moveable alphabets are fairly expensive, so I’ve never purchased one. But today, I made my own set of moveable ABC letters! It took me only a few minutes to make a full set and it only cost me a dollar or two. Can’t beat that! I proudly present to you my ABC rock fun!
- small, smooth rocks
- permanent marker
- 2 egg cartons
1. Cut off the tops and closure flaps on the two egg cartons so that only the 12 rounded out holes are left together.
2. Use a permanent marker to label the 24 holes of the egg cartons with the 26 letters of the alphabet. I combined the last 4 letters into only 2 holes so they’d all fit, and since w, x, y, and z aren’t commonly used letters, I figured those were the best letters to combine.
3. Use a permanent marker to write letters on the small rocks…
…and place them into the appropriately labeled holes on the egg carton.
You will need a minimum of 3-4 rocks for each letter, or 78-104 small rocks to have a complete movable alphabet so that your child can make just about any word.
I found my bags of rocks at Dollar Tree. I bought several to use for various projects, but one or two is enough. If you have small rocks in your area, you can make this moveable alphabet for FREE!
Now you have a moveable alphabet!!
You can make it uppercase or lowercase, in print or in cursive. I chose to make mine lowercase print because I think we’ll use that most often.
Stay tuned for more posts this week about our ABC rock fun because I’m going to share a thrifty storage idea for the moveable alphabet, along with some simple ideas for using it with kids!!
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