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Alphabet Sorting

This alphabet sorting activity is great for working on identifying letters and putting them in alphabetical order.

alphabet sorting
It is really inexpensive to put together. I used foam letter stickers from the Target dollar spot (any letter sticker or letter magnet would work) and the three trays are actually shelves found at the Dollar Tree.

The idea to use the shelves/trays is from Shafer Family Blog (an incredible blog). She came up with this idea and since then I’ve seen them used on so many different blogs.

Other uses for these shelves/trays:

*Transferring one item to each compartment with a spoon or tweezers (works on one to one correspondence)

*Counting with Beads (or any other manipulative)

*Sort small objects by color (buttons, beads, pom poms, etc.)

*Find and sort objects by beginning letter sound

*Sort objects by shape

Don’t want the shelves? Use an egg carton to sort the alphabet like they did at Amanda’s Musings

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6 Comments

  • Reply Our Little Family

    Ohhhhhh, I love all the different uses for them! I’ll definitely try these out with Maddie. And, thank you for the sweet shout-out! YOU run an amazing blog!! In fact, I was going to let you know that I cut all my foam letter animals for Maddie yesterday (well, not ALL are animals and we did lower case) because you inspired me!
    -Jill

    March 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply melanie.

    i love the shafer family blog, too! and i’ve so been wanting to make something like this, but was too lazy to think of multipurposes for buying the shelves. great ideas!

    March 6, 2010 at 1:54 am
  • Reply Elise

    Now that we are starting to learn the alphabet I am definitely going to make one of these up. I think they are a fabulous resource to have and like you said, they are so versatile as you can use them for lots of different purposes.

    March 6, 2010 at 3:02 am
  • Reply Amanda

    I’ll be doing this with my daughter, great idea!

    March 6, 2010 at 6:37 am
  • Reply Jen

    So clever!

    Jen

    March 8, 2010 at 5:41 am
  • Reply Amanda

    We did it, see here:
    http://blogs.oddsocks.net/ahunt/2010/03/23/alphabet-sorting/

    March 23, 2010 at 3:53 am
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