Thursday, January 27, 2011

Creative Crafts on a Budget

We have all seen the Alphabet magnets that help our children make new words and help them to spell in the comfort of their own home and...right on their level!  Some of you parents may not have these useful little things around the house.  Here are instructions of how to make your own, budget-worthy, alphabet letters.  As you cut out the different letters, practice with your child/children the sounds and letters each one makes.  Have the children help pick out the different colors you make each letter and help them to get involved.  These instructions are very basic, so go ahead and get creative; adding your own little twist and personality!
  • Age Guideline: 5 Years and Up
  • Time Required: 30 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.

Materials Needed:
  • Craft Foam 
  • Craft Glue or Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Magnet
  • Scissors
  • Cut letter shapes out of craft foam, what ever size you want. Cut out enough letters to spell out a word, the entire alphabet, or someone's initials - it is your choice! If you want, you can even buy pre-cut, craft foam letters.
  • Cut small pieces from your magnet strip or sheet or use magnet dots, and use glue to attach the magnets to the back of your craft foam letters. If you have larger letters use a few magnet pieces.
  • Once all of the glue is dry, hang your magnets on your refrigerator. This craft project would make a fun gift for a young child!
NOTE: If you make large letters, you can embellish them using fabric paint, stickers, gems, etc.
These instructions were found on http://familycrafts.about.com/od/alphabetactivities/a/alphamagnets.htm
Image found on http://weeklypreschoollessons.com/tag/preschool-activities/page/5/

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