All of December I brainstormed what I could put together for my 4.5 year old twins that would encourage their love of letters, the alphabet, and forming words. You know me, my mind went directly to some sort of a tote or bag to hold some sort of letters for play. I had bought this adorable alphabet fabric (October Afternoon, Sidewalks in Pink) in November, anticipating something with the alphabet for the twins and it turned out to be exactly what a little alphabet tote should look like.
For the tote I just made a simple lined tote (with rounded corners) and added a zipper to the top. I made the totes big enough to not only fit what they’d find in them for Christmas but to hold future alphabet/writing tools and activities.
Ainsleigh’s Alphabet Tote:
Ainsleigh’s tote holds these awesome Smart Snack Alpha Pops . Each popsicle includes an uppercase and lower case matching set of each letter of the alphabet. It is fun for her to find all of the matches for each letter. You can also use the individual popsicle letters to form words. My girls can also be found trying to “sell” different flavored popsicles to each other. My favorites are orange and raspberry.
Annabelle’s Alphabet Tote:
For Annabelle’s tote I stayed up one night popping the millions of little foam letters out of their foam sheets. (You can buy them already popped out but I thought it was worth saving a dime–not so much.) I used these mini alphabet letters which are the perfect size for lots of words and eventually forming sentences. The set includes uppercase, lower case, lots of extra vowels, and punctuation. My older girls definitely think they are pretty fun to “write” with as well. These mini foam letters in a tote would be awesome for any young child from ages 4-8. Older children can make crossword puzzles, solve word finds, or write stories.
The girls’ alphabet totes are something that can grow with them and be changed up when needed. I can see the girls’ new alphabet stamp set as an exciting alternative in one of the totes–with a stack of paper–for stamping out notes and messages. Or for now, simply stamping out both of those long A names of theirs. (Ainsleigh is still working through the complexity of the old British spelling of her name.) You could also put magnetic letters on an alphabet tote and keep it on a hook next to your refrigerator. When you are cooking in the kitchen your little one could be making words on the fridge.
Currently, the two alphabet totes are in a pile in the art room, waiting to find a new home in the annual post-Christmas reorganization of the house. I’d like to play some letter games with the girls and the foam letters–maybe “How do you spell it?” but in teams: one big girl to one little girl. I think that sounds like an excellent cold Monday indoors kind of activity.
the sleepy time gal