Sensory letters are a great way of helping children to recognise letter forms and remember the way in which they are written. In this simple DIY, we are creating a sensory glitter alphabet that you can use with your child to go over the letters as they learn to read and write. Combine this with Learning to read using Phonics and some of our hands-on reading activities and your child will be reading and writing stories in no time.
Materials Needed for Creating your Own Sensory ABC Cards with Glitter
Printable lower case alphabet -> Download here
Card to print onto
Card to attach the letters
Black Marker Pen
How to Make your Own Alphabet Sensory Letter Cards
- Print out the lower case letter templates from our site.
- Cut these out.
- Place on the back of the glitter card back to front.
- Draw around the letters.
- Cut out the letters from the glitter card.
- Make individual cards from the card you wish to use to attach the letters (we used a white card in our example).
- Glue a letter to each card.
- Where you would start the letter place a dot and then use arrows to draw around the letter showing the direction you would go as you write the letter.
- Complete your alphabet.
Using the Glitter Sensory Alphabet with Your Child
We recommend matching the letters your child is learning in their reading programme e.g. S, A, T, P in our week 1 of learning to read schedule and using them to work with. Say the letter name and then the letter sound.
Trace your finger around the letter in the way that the letter would be formed when writing correctly.
[pullquote align=”normal”]It is easier to spend time learning the correct way to form letters NOW, than spend weeks and months later unlearning bad letter formation in the years to come. [/pullquote]
You could finish it off by getting them to ‘air write’ the letter, use their finger to draw it in the ground, draw it in sand, paint it, write the letter on paper or a whiteboard – copying the way that they traced the letter on the sensory letter card.