Friday, September 2, 2011

Magnetic Alphabet {tutorial}

One of my little ones is heading off to kindergarten this year.!  He's been practicing to write all his letters and starting to spell some easy words.  He does have a hard time remembering exactly what each letter looks like if it's not right in front of him so I thought some little letter magnets would help.  Plus it makes letters fun instead of work!

Gather your supplies.
-Alphabet-I just printed the letters in a word processing program.  My letters were 72 pt.
-Scissors
-Pen
-Magnets
-Mod podge
-Foam brush
-E6000 for magnets
-Clear disks-I bought these at Michael's in the Garden department.  They were $2.50 for a package of about 20.  Mine are about 1.5 inches in diameter but they come in lots of different sizes.

Magnetic Alphabet

Start by tracing around each letter with a pen.  None of my clear disks was exactly the same so I found it easiest to trace each one separately and then cut it out.

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Apply the mod podge with your foam brush.

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Put your letter on and press gently then flip it over so it can dry.  My glue looked cloudy until it dried.

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After the letters are all dry then apply a little dab of E6000 to the back.

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Push your little magnet into the glue and let it dry.  I put mine outside overnight because the E6000 is stinky.  Careful with the magnets and glue around little ones because both can be really dangerous.

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Ta-Da!  D has a magnetic chalkboard in his room just like the one we built here.  We've been using that to practice writing his letters.

Magnetic Alphabet

You can even practice spelling words!

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