We have been having so much fun with our lower case letter stencils that I thought it was time I put everything in a post. We have used them as individual letters and we have combined the letters to make up words (some nonsense words as well). They have ended up being a great addition to my son’s letter and sound learning that he has been doing.
Although my son does know his letters he can still get a bit confused by a few of them (b and d as well as i and j seem to be the main issues) so we had some fun painting over the letters. I have found with both kids, when they can actually pick up and feel the shape of the letters it helps them to get the letter formation correct. So using the letters and just painting over them randomly was a great for my youngest as he was constantly holding the letters, placing them down and picking them up afterwards. (In the photo below he is using these 12 Paint Dabbers)
We also did lots of tracing around the letters on pretty paper. We started off using our rainbow paper for this. I am a big fan of the kids using stencils to trace as it encourages them to use both hands together.
And the kids got even more creative and made some of their own dotty paper with their dot markers.
My daughter also got involved with the letter stencils and used some of the dotty paper and some of her special home-made writing paper to create two words which she has been really battling to spell. Not sure what it is about these two words but she just can not get them right so she came up with the idea that she would use the stencils to create the words and stick them up on boards around the house so that she could see them everyday.
Oh and we used our lovely blow marker pens (bought from target in the UK). The kids loved using these pens with the stencils.
And with my love of collages we naturally had a go at doing some word collages – anything could be used but as we are going through a bit of a magic maize phase our letter collages ended up looking a lot like this.
Two points about the stencils that we used. It helps to stick the stencils down onto the paper while the kids are tracing over them / painting etc. For this we found it easiest to just use a bit of blue tack
Also these stencils are plastic so everything that we have used has just wiped off. The letters have been covered in many different types of paint and felt tip pens and so far nothing has stained the letters.
The lower case stencils that we used in the post were given to use by Baker Ross.
I do get sent parcels of Baker Ross goodies for the kids to use but I also buy from the website on a regular basis.