Alphabet Box: New!
These new craft boxes have plenty of room for all of the letters in our movable alphabets. They feature a transparent lid that closes easily and completely; this allows children to see all of the letters even when the alphabet lid is closed on the shelf. No more aversion to alphabet work caused by dirty letters! Because it includes adjustable dividers, you can use this box for any of our movable alphabets. In a perfect world, you'll want one for each alphabet. They can even stack on top of each other if you're tight on shelf space.
- Includes dividers to create up to 40 compartments (the smallest compartment size fits our traditional alphabet letters beautifully; set the tab dividers in every other slot to create double compartments for the phonogram alphabet)
- Hinged, transparent lid with easy-close clamps
- Ships to continental US only
- Made in Taiwan from food-grade plastic
If you place the dividers in the smallest possible slots, the compartments are 1.75" W x 1.75" H x 1.75" D. If you place the dividers in every other slot, the compartments are 3.25" w x 1.75" H x 1.75" D. The alphabet letters for the traditional alphabet are approx. 1.25" W x 2" H. The phonogram alphabet letters are approx. 2" W x 2" H. These dimensions mean the alphabet letters sit in the box at a very effective angle for viewing and retrieving (see photos for examples).
Note: This box has more space than you need for each alphabet. We recommend leaving the top row empty (see photos) so the letters are closer to the child's reach. Once you find the compartment set-up you like, you may want to hot glue each divider to the bottom of the box (so wandering hands don't pull them out or an errant nibbler doesn't decide to chew them).
Item #: BOXALPH
Helpful hint: Whenever you start work with any movable alphabet, remember that the first lesson is how to carry the box, take letters out, and put them back in. Don't be afraid to practice doing this many times before you write a single word.
As an alternative, traditional alphabets can be housed in an egg carton. We recommend placing two plastic cartons (one 18-egg carton and one 12-egg carton) side-by-side and hot gluing the bottoms to a piece of foam board or chipboard.
Another alternative is a velvet 30 compartment jewelry box like this one (we found it on Amazon). We've been using it in a public school Montessori classroom for months and it is holding up...the children love to touch it's soft sides.