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Alphabet borders don't have to just be for bulletin boards! Check out these ideas for how to repurpose and use alphabet borders as learning resources!

Alphabet strips. As soon as I started homeschooling, I bought a pack of these.

I hung one up over my daughter’s desk and another one in the kitchen. With eleven strips per pack, I began to wonder what I could do with the remaining nine pieces.

I didn’t want to store a whole pack of alphabet strips, so I let my imagination take over. Before I knew it, I had a whole bunch of ideas!

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Memory game

Use two letter strips. Cut each of the letters and make a memory game out of it.

  • Place all the letters face down on the table.
  • Take turns flipping over two cards.
  • Try to match as many letters as you can.

Magnetic letters

Instead of purchasing a set of magnetic letters, why not make your own?!

  • Cut out the letters.
  • Stick magnetic tape to the back of each letter.
  • Use on a magnetic board.
Alphabet borders don't have to just be for bulletin boards! Check out these ideas for how to repurpose and use alphabet borders as learning resources!

Create magnetic letters.

Scavenger hunt

Cut the letters and hide around a room. Have the children find all the letters. I like to give my children a clipboard with a chart of the alphabet, that way as they find each letter, they can check it off of their list. A handy chart of alphabet letters can be found in my subscriber library.

Alphabet flip book

Glue a letter on an index card and allow your child to decorate it. Hole punch the top corner and use a piece of string or a binder ring to hold them together. This makes for a handy reference when a child wants to know what a letter looks like.

Salt writing

Place a letter beside a tray of salt and allow children to write the letter using their finger, in the salt.

Alphabet borders don't have to just be for bulletin boards! Check out these ideas for how to repurpose and use alphabet borders as learning resources!

Practice writing in salt.

Go fish

Use two letter strips for this activity. Cut out the letters and use them for a “Go fish” game.

  • Hand out five cards to each player.
  • Take turns asking someone if they have a letter that you have in your hand.
  • If they have the requested letter, they give it to you, if not, you need to fish from the pile.
  • Try to be the first one to get rid of all your cards.

Solitary matching game

Use two sets of letters. You can cut two strips OR you can use one strip with a different set of letters. I love my wood letters which I made out of precut wood rounds and stickers.

The child matches the letters.

Alphabet borders don't have to just be for bulletin boards! Check out these ideas for how to repurpose and use alphabet borders as learning resources!

Solitary matching game.

Spelling game

Have words written on flashcards. The child uses the cut letters to “spell” the word.

Art

Use the cut out letters and pictures in art projects and collages!

By the way, I’ve had lots of people ask me in the past about my wood trays. They’re actually not trays! SURPRISE! They are wood canvas (used often for folk art). I just flip them over and use as play/learning trays! Neat right?!

Isn’t it fun to think of ways to repurpose materials?!

Reflect:

Do you have any other ideas for how to use letter strips? Please tell me about it and then share this post with your homeschool communities!

Jennifer Bly is the creator of The Deluxe Homeschool Planner. Connect with her on Facebook and Instagram for homeschooling updates and inspiration.

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Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of Deliberate Homeschooling, The Deliberate Mom and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about her homeschooling journey and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.
 
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