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I really can’t believe it, my youngest child is in his last year at home before going off to school each day.
I’ll be honest, it just makes me sad. I don’t daydream of the free time I will have — haha…free time — yeah, right. I just think of how I will violently cry in my car after I drop him and his brother off for school that first day.
Then I will probably go get a pedicure and have a nap. Just kidding… Or not. 😉
My point is that we are in the final prep stages of being “school ready”. We have been working on ABC’s and 123’s for a while. However, now it is time to step up our game. We need to get ready for phonics and simple word reading. My little guy loves building blocks and I wanted to incorporate that. I looked up some alphabet blocks and couldn’t quite find what I wanted, nor for the price that I wanted.
So I decided to DIY it up. These alphabet blocks cost less than $5.00 to make.
- 4 foot 2in. x 2in. wood (you can buy an 8′ piece for about $2.00)
- 1in. alphabet stickers (about $1.00)
- locking velcro (about $2.00)
- Mod Podge or Spray Sealer
Begin with a piece of 4 foot 2in. x 2in. wood. Mark out 1 1/2 inch blocks. From a 4 foot piece of wood I was able to get 30 blocks. (26 letters in the alphabet)
* If you are unable to cut the wood into block pieces. You can buy pre-cut blocks from most hobby stores.
Give each block a good quick sanding.
Add the stickers. I wanted to be sure we could make multiple words, so this is the layout I used when placing the stickers.
Side 1: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
Side 2: BCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZA
Side 3: CDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZAB
Side 4: DEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZABC
Add a layer of protection. I did a quick layer of mod podge over each sticker. You could also use a spray gloss or matte sealer.
Add locking velcro to two sides of each block.
This pack cost me $2.88. I was able to cut a strip into 16 squares. I used just 3 1/2 strips from the package.
Adhere a velcro square to the center of two sides of each block. Pressing firmly to adhere well.
We have been working on letter sounds and combining 2-3 letters together to make simple words.
For another simple fun and cheap DIY project for kids, check out these emoji magnets!