The next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series is an activity that uses the tactile sense to build children’s knowledge of letter shapes. It also includes a fine motor component to support the development of children’s finger muscles.
This aluminum foil letters activity is simple to set up and will be enjoyed by kids who enjoy tactile activities.
At the time I did this activity with XGirl, she was working on the letters p, c, i, and g. I grabbed those letters from our Montessori moveable alphabet and placed them in a container with cut squares of aluminum foil.
I showed her how to select a letter, place it on her tray, and cover it with a piece of the aluminum foil.
Then I showed her how to use her fingers to press down on the aluminum foil so it would wrap around the letter.
In the end, she observed that she had made a beautiful letter ‘g’ with the aluminum foil. I showed her that the aluminum foil retained the shape of the ‘g’ even when she removed it from her tray!
We own the Montessori small moveable alphabet in traditional print style letters. It has been a great fit for us. But there is also a Montessori large moveable alphabet in print style letters. There are also Montessori moveable alphabets with cursive and D’Nealian style letters.
More ways to teach to the alphabet
More alphabet posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Letter hunt sensory bin
- Erasing letters with a Q-tip
- Making letters with straws and play dough
- Spaghetti letters
- Letter puzzles
- Montessori sandpaper letters
- Making “alphabet soup”
- Mini letter hunt with a magnifying glass
- Kinetic sand letters
- Letter hopscotch
- Letter hop
- Yarn wrapped letters
- Letter tic-tac-toe
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