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Sandpaper Letters

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Kindergarten Activities
Center:

Library/Book/ ABC Center

Topic:

Letters/Sounds/Words

Content:

Literacy

Area:

Language

Age:

Kindergarten

Interaction:

Individual Child

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Materials:

Sandpaper squares
scissors or X-acto knife (adult only) 
alphabet stencils
pencil
poster board



Instructions:

1. Trace both the lower- and uppercase letters of the alphabet onto squares of
sandpaper and cut them out.
2. Mount the letters onto a piece of poster board.
3. Place the letters in the book or writing area of the classroom.
4. You may want to discuss letter sounds during circle time or with the children
one by one.
Author Note: To aid in future reading abilities it is best NOT to state the
letter name because some do not sound how the letter is pronounced. (For
example, “G” makes “guh” and “juh” sounds but the letter is pronounced
“gee.”). Rather, discuss only the sound(s) it makes. Vowels and double-
sounding consonants should probably be covered last to avoid confusion
when first introducing this technique to the children.
5. When applicable, and as time permits, use one- or two-word books in the
reading center and sound out words as you read along with the children.
6. Children can use the letters to trace their names or other words as interest peaks.


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