Playing with the alphabet is a great way to help your preschooler learn the letters and get ready to read, and this easy-to-make set of soft colorful letters will provide hours of kid-friendly educational fun!
Because kids learn best when their hands are engaged in the learning process, these letters are the perfect way to turn learning the alphabet into a tactile activity.
And as your child grows, she’ll enjoy using these letters for more advanced skills like forming her name and spelling short words. Just follow the step-by-step instructions below to create your fabric alphabet.
Print out the alphabet letter template and cut out each letter using scissors or a utility knife.
Cut solid-color fabric, print fabric, and two layers of quilt batting into twenty-six five-inch squares. Squares should be large enough to accommodate the letter template plus a little bit of extra cutting room around each letter.
Trace each letter onto one square of print fabric. I used a disappearing marking pen, but feel free to use pencil. Pin together all layers.
Using a sewing machine, sew layers together with a wide stitch along the traced line.
Cut around each letter with pinking shears, about 1/4″ from the stitching. Cut out center holes (as in letters A, B, D, etc.) with small fabric scissors.
Repeat steps 3-5 with each letter of the alphabet. If you used a disappearing marking pen, remove the marks with a damp cloth (or follow the instructions for your pen).
For plenty of transportable (and decorative!) fun, store your letters in a basket on your child’s bookcase!
Admire your handiwork and then give the letters to your little one to let the fun and learning begin! Can she spell her name?
Or spell some easy words? It’s time to let the learning begin!
As you and your child play with these letters, you’ll be reinforcing at least three of the Big Five Skills (critical pre-reading skills) without even trying:
In Microsoft Word, type up the alphabet a-z and the numbers 0-9, using your favorite font and font size. Then select all of the letters and click the Text Effects tool. (In Microsoft Word 2010, the Text Effects tool is in the toolbox under Home, to the left of the highlighting tool. The icon for the text effects tool is a blue A.) Select this tool, choose whatever outline style your heart desires, and then voila! That’s it! You’ve made your own customized template!
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