They can turn their glittery letters into cards or pictures. The finished letters are textured and if your child runs their fingers down them, tracing the shape of the letter, then they begin to learn how to write them too.
Time: 10 minutes
Ages: Little kids to big kids
Difficulty to make: Easy peasy
Skill: Phonics – learning first letters
You will need:
- PVA glue and a paintbrush (or glue stick)
- Sparkly stars or gems to decorate (optional)
Step 1: Draw your letter
On a piece of card draw a large lower case letter. It might be the first letter of your child’s name or a new letter they are learning at nursery.
Ask your child if they can tell you what the letter is and what sound it makes. Show them how it is formed by tracing it with your finger. Ask your child to do the same, making sure they start in the right place and follow the right path round the letter.
Step 2: Cover your letter in glue
Cover the letter with glue. You can use a glue stick, however we recommend PVA glue and a paint brush as it works well at fixing the glitter in place. Make sure every bit of the letter is covered in glue.
The more, the better.
Step 3: Shake it, shake it
Now for the fun bit. Pour glitter all over your letter. Make sure it’s completely covered.
Step 4: Tap off the excess
Pick up your piece of card and tap it to remove any glitter that doesn’t stick to the glue. You will be left with a beautiful sparkly letter.
Step 5: Make your letter pop (optional)
Once your glittery letter is dry, carefully cut around it. Your child will probably need a bit of help to do this as it can be fiddly.
Then stick your glittery letter onto a background to make it into a card or a picture. We chose a black background to make our letters really stand out.
Finally stick little stars, gems or more glitter onto the background for extra sparkle. As well as looking great, your child can also trace their finger over their glittery letters to practice ‘writing’ them. That way they can learn the shapes and strokes of each letter.