This alphabet slider is fun and easy to do with your kids. It also provides good practice for hand-eye coordination and letter recognition.
When it comes time to make a craft, at my house the kids jump on the moment. We love making stuff. Usually, it’s me making something and my kids just watching and sometimes adding a little assistance. However, when it comes to doing homework or working on the ABCs with my youngest, it’s like pulling teeth! So, I had to come up with a fun way for him to want to learn what each letter looked like. Yeah, he can recite the alphabet just fine, and he knows several of the letters, but I know he can do more.
That’s why this craft is important to me. If you start with a younger child, this craft can also help build hand-eye coordination — just use your own caution/judgement with the small parts. We are using beads! When I asked my son to help me with a craft, he was excited. As we performed each little step, he was eager to do his part. Little did he know that he was slowly building a recognition of each letter as we picked them out. Once we were done, he could push all the beads to one end and slide them one-by-one as he said the letters of the alphabet. Definitely a fun way for him to learn his letters! Go make one and you’ll see.
What You Need
Thin dowel rod, wooden letter beads, pretty tape
What You Do
- Have them recite the alphabet and help them choose the letters in order.
- The kids will enjoy sliding the beads one-by-one onto the dowel rod.
- Once you’ve got all the letters in place, space them out a little.
- Take a strip of decorative tape, like Washi Tape, and wrap it around the ends to keep the beads on the dowel rod.
- Have extra letters? Help your child spell out his name in the same manner and add another piece of tape to keep it separated from the alphabet.
- Now, they can slide the letters down the rod as they say the alphabet. Great for letter recognition.