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.


64 comments:

Laura said...

Great idea! We use lowercase more so encourage that side of the rocks! (I teach Kindergarten!)

Ruth @ Hammer and Thread said...

I love this. They are so much prettier than the ones you can buy

boomie said...

You're a genius! Thanks for sharing!

Becca at Motherhood "perfected" said...

I have been thinking about these for a while too, but I'm glad I saw your version first, I would not have thought of putting lowercase on the other side. Brilliant!

Adrienne Brown-David said...

Those are SUPER cute!!

Ali said...

what a cool idea. they turned out so cool looking. I'm loving the idea of having uppercase on one side and lowercase on the other. Gonna bookmark this idea for later. :)

yolanda said...

Adorable,as you are!!

Tiffany said...

I'm silly but the Thank You (in rock speak) made me cheese a little. Grand Idea of course :)

Melissa I. said...

These rocks ROCK! And so do you, momma!

Christy Ross said...

fabulous idea. something I'll have to give a go soon!

Our Little Bubble said...

that's awesome!! i love it!

Jennifer said...

Love, love, love it! So fun. I might try this one. And awesome to put the lowercase letters on the back. It is tricky when they are first leaning to get them to understand the difference :)

momof2under3 said...

Thanks for the idea.
You could also brush on a couple coats of modpodge. It's my go to when I paint on something that paint won't normally stick to.
Now, I'm off to find some river rocks.

Leighann

Erin said...

Those are super cute! What a fun idea!

Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home said...

What a great idea, Cheri! They are so cute!

GirlSpazDog said...

These are also really helpful the early grades. We used something similar to help our son learn his spelling words. He is a kinesthetic learner and the movement of letters seemed to cement them into his brain.

The Smith Family said...

Brilliant! We are so doing that this week!

The Miller Five said...

LOVE love love this!! I'm teaching my little guy his alphabet too. I'm looking for any fun ideas that will hold his interest for longer than 4 seconds. Thank you for sharing!!

Shauna@shwinandshwin said...

So we have tons of alphabet stuff in our house, magnets, blocks, puzzles, what not, but these are seriously cool looking! Plus I think all boys love to play with rocks! They are going on my to do list thanks for sharing the idea! You are endlessly creative!

Miller Family said...

I wonder if modge podge over them would work. hmmm. love the idea!

Julie said...

Totally adorable! Great job! I wish I had a set for Laci to learn with. Will have to consider doing this too!

Jeanne said...

I love rocks and I love to paint on them, so I absolutely love this!!! We are going to make some this summer for my 3 year old and her 7 year old sister can tutor her!
If you use patio paint (that acrylic that is for outdoor use) you might not have to spray coat them.

Susan said...

I love this idea! They look great!

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

Super cute! and easy too!

Bri @ intrepidinsight said...

I love alpharocks! I plan on making some for Josiah to use Montessori style. Little boys and rocks go so well together!

sarrilly said...

This is super cute! I'm a first grade teacher, so I love stuff like this. As he gets older, you can move to smaller items (like lima beans) for letters so he can string them together for words and sentences. Also, putting vowels in a different color help when they begin to read.

Awesome (and pretty!) idea! :)

The Fear Fam said...

Great idea, and like others have said, I love the lower case letters on the other side!

Alex said...

I just stumbled upon your site and seriously, I am in love, thanks for sharing!

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

Genius! Off to make some....

Crafting For Chiari said...

I love this!! My son is always collecting rocks. We have about a million "pet rocks" because I just let him color them. Now I can have him "rock hunting" for flat, cool, rocks to make letters on! Thanks for another great BOY craft!!

Delia said...

This is a great idea. Kids love holding, sorting, and looking through rocks anyway. I love that you combine a literacy element to beloved kid activity. :)

AC's said...

Love your blog and I can't wait to 'go exploring' on it!

dana said...

Oh these are brilliant! Love the idea Cheri!

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Jamie Ehat said...

My boys are going to love these! We come home with about 10 rocks every walk we go on. They love collecting (and throwing…sigh) them. How did you get the lowercase letters so perfect? Did you use a paintbrush? Thanks for the idea.

Stephanie Saunders said...

That's adorable! Of course, mine would look ridiculous, considering I can't just free-hand it like that.

{autie} said...

i love this! totally doing it!
thanks, lady!

Carly said...

What a great idea!

Faith Pray said...

Brilliant! I LOVE this post! Gorgeous letters, too. Fantastic!

D.I.M. Incorporated said...

Those are so fun! I'll have to make some for my little one who's starting kindergarten in the fall.

Jayna Rae said...

Cute idea!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

As usual, you are one rocking momma! Another tip, make some letters cut out of sandpaper. Glue them to a piece of cardstock and let him to rubbings of them, and I loved to cut out a letter a week (5x7 size) and find things that start with that letter and glue them on. Put them on a ring and he can play with it all the time.

Sheena said...

I'm new here and wanted to say I love this idea! You have so many great ideas. Thanks for the site!

Siobhan said...

love these!!! you rock! had to be said :)

Audrey said...

I love this and will be making some for my son as soon as he stops putting things in his mouth that don't belong there. I might make some for my friends' kids too!

Anne Ludlow said...

I totally love this!!! What a great activity! I just had my kids pull all the "big" rocks out of my garden, so now we can scrub them up and paint the letters. AWESOME!!!

K Blue said...

I totally have to do this for my niece. I went through this phase once when I would paint little stones with fun pictures and leave them in random places. I had the notion that people would find them and smile... But probably I was the only one smiling. This gives me an excuse to paint rocks with a true purpose!

Robin@thesweetestpear said...

I love these! I just got some rocks for the same purpose after seeing an etsy shop selling them. I'll use mine as fridge magnets I think :) I didn't think to use Sharpie to outline..great tip!

Rachel said...

fun fun fun! i have some rocks laying around that woudl be just right. thanks for a practical idea. :)

Susan @ Busy Home Adventures said...

How amazing! Love this!

pepper said...

These are the best! Can't wait to make them, my kids will swoon.

Kristin said...

My 3-year-old will love these. I tried to do the nail polish and left it to dry overnight and they are still not dry! Stick to paints...now I have to nail polish remover 32 rocks (a-z + extra vowels and r for his name).

Jenn said...

how do you keep him from throwing them?? my boys would love something like this...not only for the educational factor, but for the physical fitness part too!
I'm new to your blog and I can already tell, I really like you. Great blog. Thanks for taking breaks and being a real person too!

Rachel at Sun Scholars said...

These are so great! What a fun idea!

I would LOVE for you to share these at my For the Kids link party! Come join the fun!!

http://sunscholars.blogspot.com/2011/05/for-kids-friday-12.html

Michelle said...

oh thank you this is a great project my son lovesssss (cant emphasizes that enough) to collect rocks and we are working on our letters this is perfect.
Thanks
Michelle

Kassie said...

Love this! Can't wait til my boy is old enough for me to do this!

Jess- said...

Love it and copied it!!

http://structuredplay.blogspot.com/2011/06/abc-rocks.html

Thanks so much, you are amazing!

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

What a fantastic idea, my three year old is crazy about letters at the moment so I may just have to add this project to the to do list.

Catherine said...

Love these! Such a great idea - thanks for sharing. Look forward to making these with my 3yr old :)

Sally Haughey said...

Hi Cheri! I posted about this idea on my blog. I loved, loved, loved your idea as I have been using rocks a lot for other ideas as well. As a kindergarten teacher my time is limited so I adapted your idea. Thanks so much! Your set is so beautiful!!

Sally
Fairy Dust Teaching

Get Campie! said...

Really cool idea!

Kelly's Korner said...

Stinkin cute! I want to paint rocks RIGHT NOW!

crittersandcrayons said...

These are so brilliant!!!! I love them!

rebekah @ justfordaisy said...

Love htese! They look fabulous! Will definitely add this to my to do list!

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