How (and why) to Make a Sandpaper Alphabet Board

Just to be clear, I am not a crafty person. I own a large quantity of scrapbooking materials that have resulted in very little progress towards a finished scrapbook of any kind. This is a non-crafter friendly project for parents, though I imagine my crafty readers could come up with (or may already have) a far more visually appealing version of this project. With all that said, here is what a Sandpaper Letter Board by Me and Baby E looks like:

Finished Alphabet Letters

Sandpaper letters and sandpaper alphabet boards are wonderful tools to introduce toddlers to letters and letter recognition, and for older children, are great for helping learn to write. Children run their fingers over the letter shaped sandpaper and can see and feel the  shape of the letters. Have it as a sensory activity, or just place the board in an accessible location for little hands to explore throughout the day.

Here’s what you’ll need to make sandpaper letter board:

Alphabet Sandpaper What You Need .jpg

To make the sandpaper letters, I used 80 grit (medium) sandpaper and Wilton Cookie Cutters to trace the letters.

First trace the size of the frame for the foam board with a pencil.

Trace the glass or plastic that comes with the frame

Trace the glass or plastic that comes with the frame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second cut the piece out, I found an X-Acto type knife was the best choice for this.

Make sure to have a piece of cardboard under the piece you're cutting so as not to damage the surface you're cutting on!

Make sure to have a piece of cardboard under the piece you’re cutting so as not to damage the surface you’re cutting on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next place and glue the letters onto the board. On a side note, I bought this glue from Michael’s, just regular Crayola craft glue, but check out the top! It has a point so your glue never gets that incredibly annoying dried bit. GENIUS.

Glue Top WHATT

 

 

 

 

 

Reframe the board after the letters have dried, sans the sheet of plastic or glass, and voila! A Sandpaper Letter Board.

If you need to purchase any materials I suggest checking out Michael’s as they often have great deals. Take a minute and see what deals are available in your  area, I was able to get 20% off my entire purchase for this project and some other fun art supplies for E. I don’t know if it’s their store brand or just a generic brand they carry, but the Creatology line in their kids’ arts and crafts section is inexpensive and of good quality.

I’d love to know if you try this out, how it goes and how your little ones like it!

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