Thank You Notes and Spelling with Toys

Spelling with Toys
Spelling with Toys is a great way for beginning readers and spellers to make words. Spelling with toys is also great for creative thank you notes!
spelling with toys
We used some of B’s toys to take this picture and make it into birthday thank you notes. I got the idea from Family Fun Magazine.  Not only did a lot of people say how neat they were, but B didn’t want to stop spelling with toys after we made this.
spelling with toys

So we spelled each family member’s name and took pictures. It was a challenge for him to figure out how to arrange the toys for the curvy letters. I love the learning activities that are unplanned and just happen!

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  • Reply Tima

    That’s a fabulous idea!! Will have to do that this year.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:07 pm
  • Reply JDaniel4's Mom

    I really want to do this!

    April 5, 2011 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    That is awesome!! I love homemade cards!! Definitely keeping this for our “to-do” list!! Thanks for sharing.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Christy

    I have to remember this!

    April 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply Joyful Learner


    April 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm
  • Reply Aaron, Angie, Hailey, Lexi, and Jacob

    What a great idea! My son’s birthday party is this Sunday, so this would be a great way to make thank you notes for the gifts he’ll get. 🙂

    April 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm
  • Reply Jodie

    What a great idea! C’s bday is in a few weeks, we will have to try that!

    April 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Brimful Curiosities

    That’s an excellent activity and the perfect way to say thank you!

    April 5, 2011 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    This is brilliant! I love how you can give the picture as your letter – personal and possible for a toddler.

    April 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm
  • Reply EmilyM

    What a great idea for birthday “Thank You” cards! I will have to remember this for next year.

    April 5, 2011 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Tracey

    Great idea! Reinforcing reading without the kids even realizing it.

    April 6, 2011 at 4:48 am
  • Reply Counting Coconuts

    LOVE this! So sweet and fun – we’ll make some of these for sure. Posting this on my CC FB page. 🙂

    April 6, 2011 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Sippy Cup Central Mom

    super cute ideas! Karen

    April 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Adwoa Gyimah

    This is a brilliant idea! We will give it a try 🙂 Thanks for sharing as usual.

    April 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Small Types

    This is such a fun idea, Nicole! I can’t wait to try it with my kids.

    April 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm
  • Reply Having

    I love how colorful the toys are in the pictures

    April 6, 2011 at 7:18 pm
  • Reply Anonymous

    We loved the thank you card–so clever!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:07 am
  • Reply Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

    The learning possibilities are endless now that you got him to want to make words! How fun and creative! I can see the wheels turning!

    Thanks for linking up at It’s Playtime. I hope to see more of your play ideas next week too!

    Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

    April 15, 2011 at 1:26 am
  • Reply Melissa Taylor

    really great idea! I’m not sure we have enough little toys — maybe Polly Pockets.

    April 15, 2011 at 11:24 pm
  • Reply Jan B

    Really cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

    April 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Lesa

    Fun idea!

    April 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply mommaclark

    My middle son was easy… we did the background music/singing to “BINGO”… but we spelled “Tyler”… while clapping our hands to each letter… T.. Y.. L… E… R… and Tyler was his Name-o

    May 1, 2011 at 1:06 am
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