The back-to-school ads have started, and we’ve already gone through all the paperwork for my daughter’s next year of Montessori school. In other words, summer is fading fast. It’s the hardest lesson of August for me, because no one is ever ready for summer to end, right?
Well, maybe we can prep for school in fun ways—like making the alphabet a little more interesting. Here’s a collection of DIY crafts and projects that let kids play with their letters (and you can sneak in a little learning as they play).
Alphabet Heart Tote
via Studs and Pearls
Need an extra tote for all those after school activities? Make one together with your child with this quick tutorial. The heart shape would be a big hit with my little girl!
DIY Alphabet Necklace
via Runway DIY
Apparently, these alphabet necklaces are a total fashion trend? Personally, I think the kids will like these more than most of their parents. Just think of all the crazy words you can spell!
via Thrive 360 Living
Okay, we had painted rocks last week as well. But these are just perfect for sitting down with the kids and working on their letters—the embossed detailing looks like fun, too.
Alphabet Stomp Mat
via Just One Mom Trying
What a fabulous idea—it’s like Twister using the alphabet! I’d choose a different color palette and maybe some old-fashioned stencils from the hardware store for our version.
via Love. Luck. Kisses & Cake
Here’s a great activity for the older kids—I remember when I was uber-fascinated with origami as a child. Make the entire set for a younger sibling, or spell out a favorite phrase.
Pictured at top of post: Alphabet Museum from FamilyFun magazine.