Letter stencils

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)

painting over the letter stencils with dabbersletter stencils after they have been painted over

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.

tracing over the letters onto rainbow paper

rainbow words

And the kids got even more creative and made some of their own dotty paper with their dot markers.

kids created their own dotty paper to use the letter stencils on

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.

juice on display

word made using paper created with bleeding tissue paper and their stencils

Oh and we used our lovely blow marker pens (bought from target in the UK).  The kids loved using these pens with the stencils.

Using the blow markersCat with the stencils still in placecat once you remove the stencilsThey did a number of words with these pens and they did it on more than one occasion (the real test in our house – if an activity has been a hit with the kids – they will do it again).

Word fun with our lower case letter stencils and blow makers

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.

collage words using magic maize

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

Use blue tack on the back of the stencils so they stay in placeAlso 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.

Kids using letter stencils to practice letter recongition and create words, helps with reading and spelling

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About ofamily

Home educating family based in the UK. We try to make learning fun
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4 Responses to Letter stencils

  1. EMA says:

    You always have so many creative ideas and projects, I’m starting to feel bad that I don’t do as much and for stealing your ideas too! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  2. living life our way says:

    Lovely creative ideas and they look brilliant!

    Like

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