Day #17 Alphabet Explorations

sara le roux


by Sara le Roux,  Owner and Inspirer at The Creation Station Penistone and District

At my son’s pre-school they use the ‘Jolly Phonics’ approach to teach literacy to the children.  As part of this, Boo brings home a ‘Letter of the Week’ sheet with activities for us to practice and do together.

I thought that it would be great to use one of our ‘days’ to explore the letters each week.  We’re a few weeks into the school term, but we can always catch up!

What You’ll Need

  • Paper mache letter – Luckily I already had a letter ‘I’ left over from when I was decorating letters to spell out my children’s names (for their bedroom), but you can pick them up from art and craft suppliers like ’Hobbycraft’ or even from Ebay.
  • Paint brush – we like these chubby handled brushes
  • Paint – we used Crayola washable
  • Decoration – sequins, buttons etc
  • PVA glue and glue spreader


We’d not had the paint out for a little while now, so Boo got quite excited that we were going to be getting messy.

He worked away on the paper mache letter covering it in different colours of paint, and then used sequins and buttons to decorate it.




I used our activity time to ask him about the letter ‘I’ and what it looked like – the activity sheet also explained that the letter sound is formed by making a noise like a squeaking mouse – our kitchen sounded like we had a room full of the noisy critters! 🙂


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Activity Time: 15 minutes

Day #17 DONE! 83 to go!

Sara x

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