The busy bag we’ve been pulling out this month is a set of textured letter cards. I made these for my older son when he was beginning to show interest in letters. With some of the letter games we’ve been playing, my toddler has been excited about learning letters, so I brought them out again.
Making the Touch and Feel ABC cards
They are very easy to make. We used colored index cards, rainbow colored play sand, and glue for ours. I drew the letter in glue on the cards, sprinkled the sand on top, let it dry, and then shook the sand off. (tip – do this part outside, or if you’re like me, you’ll get sand everywhere!)
Then we played with the cards! My kids trace the letters with their fingers, place paper over them to do crayon rubbings, put them in order: there are lots of ways to use these cards!
Other ideas for textured cards are (affiliate links included): puffy or foam letter stickers, make your own letters from tape or cut sandpaper, draw letters onto cards using hot glue,, or you could buy pre-made tactile letters.
Looking for baby and toddler play ideas? Check out Zero to Two: the book of play, an e-book I co-authored! It’s includes 25 step-by-step tutorials with pictures, as well as links to over 50 more ways to play with babies and toddlers – all for $8.99.
I am excited to add the busy bags by the other Busy Bag of the Month contributors to our collection of busy bags:
- If you’re excited for Fall, check out the Counting Apples Busy Bag from The Educators’ Spin On It.
- If you can’t let go of Summer, check out the Pool Noodles Busy Bag from Coffee Cups & Crayons
- And for something I know my kids will love, check out this No Sew Road Playset from And Next Comes L.
- And check out all our favorite busy bags on the Busy Bags for the Kiddos Pinterest board!