May 23, 2011

Alphabet Rocks

Rex is learning his letters and I love to find simple games and ideas to help him with it.  I had this idea a long time ago, but never got around to it.  I took a bunch of river rocks and painted them with the alphabet letters.  He loves rocks, so I thought this might be a fun idea.  (I had a couple of boys who are 5 years old over this week and they both loved playing with them, too.)

I had some rocks from a decorating item I was no longer using.  (I think you can usually find a bag of them pretty cheap at Wal-mart.)  I painted them with acrylic paint.

Then I edged the letters with a Sharpie.  I still need to coat them with some spray polyurethane or the paint will scratch off.  (I'm also thinking nail polish would stay on better then acrylic paint.)

He can have fun putting them in order.....

...sorting them by color...

.......and eventually writing small words with them.

While he knows the uppercase letters, the lowercase are a little trickier for him.  So, I painted the corresponding lowercase letter on the back of each uppercase.  I think we'll come up with lots of games to play with them.

That's all for today.


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