We have a 3-year-old who is just starting to learn what each letter looks like, and a 5-year-old who is beginning to grasp what each letter sounds like. So, we have been able to come up with many different ways to use these little, plastic, bottle cap letters. Little sister likes to try and find the letters in her name, which she is quite good at. She also tries to line them up in alphabetical order, which is a much harder task, considering she doesn’t sing the alphabet song right yet (…and it’s so difficult to correct her, when it sounds so cute).
However, I really made these for Matea. She has been working so hard on letter sounds at school and is forever asking me how to spell things, so she can write descriptions on her drawings. So, I wanted to create a fun way for us to practice at home. She likes to dump out the letters from the jar and I will give her a word, which she then tries to spell. We start with a word like SAT and have her change it to MAT, then MAP, and so on.
- At least 26 saved up plastic bottle caps. (Ours came mostly from bottles of sparkling water, but any size will work).
- Bold, colorful letters cut out of old magazines. We are starting out with all uppercase letters, but I would like to add lowercase letters. It’s also a good idea to make duplicates, especially of vowels.
- Mod Podge + brush
- Jar and other words and pictures to decorate jar (optional, for storage…I pasted the words PRINCESS and FAIRY on our jar since those are the most requested words she wants to learn how to spell).
I don’t think it requires much explanation…just place the letter cut-outs on top of a bottle cap and paint Mod Podge over the top. Decorate the jar in the same way. Allow them to dry and then have fun spelling!