Monkey will go to school when he has just turned four, if I am honest that worries me. The options I have to deal with it are, a) do nothing and keep my fingers crossed, b) hold him back a year meaning that he will miss reception and the forming of friendships. Or  c) we can try to help him develop through play, with this is mind I have been putting together letter boxes. I have not finished them yet and suspect to be collecting more items in the coming weeks. I wanted to share them now as I will be referring to them in future literacy posts.

DIY Alphabet Boxes

Each box had a corresponding foam letter inside it,  I have listed the other contents for each letter below, if there is a letter missing its because I haven’t found anything yet. My aim is to collect 5 or 6 items for each box, more if possible. The boxes are from Wilkinsons and have a capacity of 490ml and I have used scrapbook stickers for the letters on the boxes.

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A – aeroplane, ant, acorn, alien, arrow

B – boy, badge, bow, bell, ball, button

C – crab, crayon, caterpillar, cow, Christmas tree, chick, coin, cat, cheese,car

D – dice, dog, dinosaur, duck

E – egg, earth

F – flower, feather, fossil, frog, fish, fly,

G – glass, girl, gingerbread

H – heart, hen, hair-roller

J – jester

K – knight, key, kiwi

L – lemon, leaf, lion, lamb

M – medal, man, mouse, magnet, monkey

O – onion, octopus

P – pencil, penguin, paperclip, pig, peg

R – rabbit, reindeer, robin-hood, road runner

S – stamp, spider, snowman, spoon, sheep, shell, strawberry, snake, scarecrow

T – tin man, turtle, teeth, treasure chest, tomato

U – umbrella

W – witch, whale, watch

Z – zip, zebra

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Initially we have been using them to match the contents to letter cards. I would take two boxes and mix up the contents for Monkey to sort back into the correct box. I was really surprised by how much he enjoyed doing this activity. Its really resinated with him as when we get up in the morning he will go and search out the boxes and bring them to me to open sowe can play the game. I will be increasing the number of boxes to four this week.

There are various posts on Pinterest which cover similar,  for more info please see my Pinterest board:

If you have any ideas for contents (they need to be small items) then please comment and share them below it would be great to hear from you.

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64 Comments

  1. travelingchristie Reply

    Ah Joe used to have the Fisher price version of these, we loved them so great x

    • ooo I didn’t realise you could but them – might see if I can check them out for more contents ideas 🙂 thank you x

  2. These are a great idea! We had some when I taught in Kindergarten that were made by a big toy company. You can also do them for blends (ch,sh etc) and different versions of the same sounds (I- ice cream, E- eagle etc).

    #twinklytuesday

    • Great, thank you for the tip and stopping by, will definitely try the other types out as he gets older as he loves them so much 😀 x

  3. Ooh love this idea! My son will be starting school in September (he’ll be 4 in December) and I’ve been trying to get s head start with letters in play too. We do a lot of crafty activities, and have been focussing on a letter a week. You might like to check it out on my blog.
    This little box idea is fun! I might give the matching items to the letter game a go! Thanks for the idea!

    #twinklytuesday

    • Ooo yes will do 🙂 we’ve just been doing letter A (post almost ready to go) and plan on doing the rest although taking us longer than a week! Will check out you blog for some more ideas and maybe we can link to each other’s? 🙂 thank you for taking the time to comment x

  4. Great idea! Sorting out objects to the correct boxes sounds like a perfect morning activity, so I will try this out! (we are doing letters/numbers or shape activities in the morning so it’s always great to have more options:) ).

    Also wanted to say thank you for nominating me for one lovely blog award. It was very nice to read your comment and I am very sorry I haven’t acknowledged it before… recently I found it hard to find time for writing posts..so I am working on designating time more specifically to it- how nice it would be to have 80 minute hours or at least few extra hours in a day…just to be able to fit everything in!
    🙂 x

    • I know the feeling 🙂 would love to see some of your shape activities? Are they on the blog yet? Will hop over and have a look tonight. You are more than welcome – you are one of the first mummy bloggers I connected with when I started this journey 3 months ago! Xx

      • I didn’t put any of my shape activities on the blog..I guess there is an idea…when I get a chance:). You are doing a brilliant job on your blog! Always lots of ideas and inspirations and it’s great to have a little peep inside another creative mummy’s busy house!! xx

  5. this is a great idea! I love incorporating learning through play as reflected in my youtube videos. 🙂 dropping by from #twinklytuesday

  6. What a great idea….
    My girl was born on the 29th of August and started school about 5 days after her birthday and she is 7 now and is doing fantastic! Try not to worry!

  7. Oooh, I LOVE this idea. I’ll pinning this, thank you! Found you on the #TwinklyTuesday linky party. Thanks for sharing!

  8. littleoandme Reply

    Wow such a fab idea. I will have to try this with Oliver, thank you for sharing 🙂
    Popping over from #TwinklyTuesday
    Becky xx

  9. What a fantastic idea! I absolutely love this! Zach will be starting school 3 weeks before his 5th birthday so we have a lot longer for him to pick stuff up. Saying that, him being at nursery 2 days a week really helps, he learns so much and I try to complement this at home and also at my mums. I think I may have to do this myself – such a brill idea. Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  10. What an incredible idea. This is perfect for teaching them letters and words. It’s a great new way to sort toys & items as well! 😀 So clever!

    Chloe
    x

    #kidscorner

  11. What a brilliant idea for a learning activity – love this! Sounds like you are doing a great job of encouraging Monkey’s learning before he starts school.

  12. entertainingelliot Reply

    Oh wow what a fab idea, and it looks brilliant for making learning fun for them! I will have to look into this for my toddler, thanks! #kidscorner

  13. Becky, Cuddle Fairy Reply

    What a clever idea! This would be great for kids who are developing their speech as well, to learn the sounds of each letter in a fun way. Thanks so much for sharing! #KidsCorner x

  14. Oh this is a great idea. My boy is in a similar situation, he’ll be just 4yrs and two months when starting school, so a young one. I’ve been trying to encourage him to recognise letters and his phonics, so this is a lovely one to add to the mix. Thank you
    #kidscorner

  15. Sounds like your making sure Monkey is ready for school. Such a good idea 🙂

  16. myreachforperfection Reply

    What a wonderful idea! My friend’s daughter has been struggling with some of her letters and this sounds like a great activity for them.

  17. leslierickerby Reply

    This is a great idea. Dexter has just turned too so it may be a bit early for him to do this yet but definitely something to save! I’ve said this before but your blog is really awesome. I love it. I’m about to go and catch up on your butterflies now. 🙂

  18. Looks like so much fun, like Rainbows, we have these at the school I work in for digraphs like ch, sh etc, and blends like cl, pr, st etc… How about a wheel for w and a jewel for j? (I’ve been racking my brains for those two)
    I think my son would LOVE this – he is such a letters and sounds geek 😉
    #thelist
    xAlice

  19. What a fab idea!! I’ll definitely be popping to Wilkos for some of these boxes xx #kidscorner

  20. such a fun idea this would deb great for phonics as well my daughter is in nursery an doing all that so I’m looks for some ways to encourage that! thanks for sharing on #kidscorner

  21. You Baby Me Mummy (@YouBabyMeMummy) Reply

    Wow this is so organised! Fab idea, I don’t think it would stay that organised in this house! Thanks so much for linking up to #TheList x

  22. Katy (What Katy Said) Reply

    This is so fab! I had something like this as a teacher- not sure I am organised enough to do it at home! Thanks for sharing in #KidsCorner x

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