Sunday, March 17, 2013

Homemade Alphabet Stones for the Light Table

For easy literacy learning, we love playing with these DIY alphabet stones for the light table.

Homemade alphabet stones for light table play from And Next Comes L

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I have been looking for some sort of alphabet objects for the light box.  Then I came across this post on Stay at Home Educator that used homemade alphabet glass stones and I couldn't believe how perfect these would be for the light box, especially since the boys already enjoy playing with glass stones.

How to Make DIY Alphabet Stones for the Light Table

To make your own set, you'll need some glass stones (any color would work) and a permanent marker.  I wrote individual letters on the flat side of the stones.  Please note that you must write the letter backwards for it to look correctly when flipped over.  I chose to do all capital letters.  Over time, the permanent marker will rub off, but they're easy enough to touch up with permanent marker again.

Homemade alphabet stones for light table play from And Next Comes L

Of course, we had to try them out so I set up the light box and grabbed the St. Patrick's Day words from this activity.  J started spelling the words, but eventually did some word play on his own. 

Spelling with homemade alphabet stones on the light table from And Next Comes L

These homemade alphabet stones look awesome on the light box and I love that they cost me next to nothing to make!

This post was updated January 28, 2014.  We, of course, now use these alphabet stones on our fabulous homemade light table.


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Homemade alphabet stones for light table play from And Next Comes L
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8 comments:

  1. That is amazing and so creative!! Love it!! Lucky kids!!

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  2. I love the light box ideas. My son loves to play with flashlights and be in the dark. This would be a great way to engage him with activities we can see in the dark! Sensory ideas are my favorites!

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    1. Yes, light box play is definitely a lot of fun!

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  3. Dyan!! I love these! Came by via your guest post at b inspired, which I also love that you used the folders! I've been wanting to find a way to make light box letters rather than buy them, this is great! Also...once again I am jealous of your digital cutter! ;)

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    1. Hahaha...you NEED to get a digital cutter asap! It comes in handy for all sorts of things. And thanks for reading my post over at B. Inspired. :)

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  4. Dyan, I love your blog so much. Thanks for all your amazing ideas! Just a thought: if you paint a layer of clear nail polish over the letters they won't wear off as quickly :)

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    1. Aw, thanks! That is a really great tip! I'm sure a coat of mod podge would work too.

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