DIY Sponge Letters
Early Childhood Educators are always on the hunt for activities to make letter identification engaging and fun. These sponge letters offer preschoolers a fun sensory and literacy learning experience! Below you will find step-by-step instructions to get you started on creating your own set of sponge letters.
You will need:
*Teacher tip: Preschoolers love to help with cutting, you can provide them with a pair of children's scissors and an extra sponge to help them practice cutting a new texture. This is great fine motor practice because sponges are much harder to cut.
First, cut a few sponges into 4 equal size strips on the long side. Kitchen shears might be a little sharper and can help you cut more evenly but any pair of scissors will work.
Then, cut a few sponges in half, on the short side as shown. Cut those halves into 3 equal size trips.
Cut a few more sponges in half, on the short side. Cut those halves into 1 "c" shape as shown.
Once you have completed cutting the sponges, you will have pieces like the ones featured here.
Teacher tip: Generally the cheaper the sponges, the easier they are to cut. You can typically find the sponges without the scrubbers at the dollar store.
Once all your shapes are cut, it's time to start creating letters! These DIY sponge letters can be used in a so many different ways. Here are a few of my favorites:
These Sponge Letters can be used to support preschoolers in understanding what it takes to construct the letters, without all the pressure to write with a pencil before developmentally ready. Build first then write!
We hope you had so much fun crafting your own sponge letters and can't wait to hear about how you used them with your preschoolers. Tag us in your social media posts using the tag #prekprintablefun
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