Sandpaper letters

The sandpaper letters are definitely one of my favorite Montessori materials. Dani has been working with them for quite a while and she really enjoys them. She has done many different activities with the letters. The pictures below were taken last year when she was learning initial sounds with sound objects and the sandpaper letters.

She also learned how to trace the letters and write them in the sandbox.

Her favorite activity, up to this day, is to play the distance game, where we place the letter on the other side of the room and she has to walk and pick it up, after I tell her the letter sound. We pretend she owns a letter shop and I’m a costumer calling on the phone, inquiring if she has certain letters in stock. We spend an hour doing that, and she has a lot of fun.

There are many resources online with lessons and activities on the sandpaper letters. Montessori Monday has a very nice post with lots of links on this subject.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on the sandpaper letters. In fact, you can make the letters yourself, if time is not an issue. No matter what, the sandpaper letters are worth either your time or your money.

The horse project

It was March last year when we worked on the horse project together with a few other kids at our 4H club meeting. The whole experience was so interesting that I wanted to post about it, even though time has gone by so fast, and so many things happened since then. I got the horses template  and instructions from the website of artist Ann Wood. The horses are made out of thin cardboard, like the one in a cereal box. I painted the cardboard horses in solid base colors, and the kids added other colors and design elements to them. I provided the kids with paint, decorative paper, gems, trims, feathers, buttons, stamps, stencils, and a few other collage materials. The kids got really creative…

Here some of my favorite horses:

At home, before the meeting, Dan painted her dotted horses. Like some of the other kids, she painted quite a handful of horses.

Below, the horses on the wall, decorating our 4H booth.

We are very grateful to Ann Wood for sharing her project and template.