What is very versatile, easy & fun to make, and works well for both little ones and bigger ones?
Well, if you guessed a felt alphabet set, you are correct!
Recently, I made a felt alphabet set primarily for Little Bro to use as an extension to his language objects work.
Little Bro has used the felt set to sort language objects, to do ABC order, and to sort magnetic letters (both upper and lower case).
When Big Bro saw Little Bro having a blast doing his work, he actually wrapped up his own work and joined in the fun. Big Bro then wanted to see what he could do that would involve using the felt alphabet set. We decided that it would be a great way for him to do a variety of language tasks as well, albeit differentiated than how the set would be used by Little Bro.
Both boys love using our felt alphabet set!!!
Also works great for our foreign language studies, as they can do ABC order in French as well as English with this felt set.
They both like to choose to use it in conjunction with their specific work.
Big Bro has been using the felt set for higher level work, including putting dinosaur names in alphabetical order, putting reading, science, and math vocabulary into alphabetical order, and putting the names of countries that are on a World Stamps Set into ABC order. He has also worked at putting the various elements from the Periodic Table into ABC order.
When it comes to homeschooling, it is always great when you make something that both your younger child and your older child can use and enjoy.
This work feels and looks nice, only takes a few hours to make, and has been very well received by any child who has seen it in use.
If you have a much younger child, you could also use this set to tie in with all kinds of Alphabet themed books, such as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom or Alphabet Adventure.
Here is a link to an entire collection of alphabet themed books in case you want to make a felt set and tie it in with books.
Here are some photos of the felt set I made, along with the boys using it in a variety of ways:
Since both boys like the feeling of the soft felt that I used for this work, have been making other neat felt homeschooling items as well...will share some photos of some of the other items I have made out of felt.
Have you tried making materials from felt for your children?
Would love to see and hear about what you have made out of felt.
Do you have activities that work well in your home or classroom for both younger and older children?
Please feel free to share your ideas in the comments section of this post.
Also, hope that you will consider following me on Pinterest, as I have all kinds of neat crafts and homeschooling materials pinned to my boards, some of them are Montessori and some are just very creative, fun, play based ideas.
Here is the direct link to my Felt & Flannel Board Project Ideas Board.
If you are on Pinterest, please let me know so that I can check out your neat pin boards too.
Have a happy weekend!