Sandpaper Letters Digital
Want to make your own materials? These PDFs let you make your own sandpaper letters that match the fonts used in most Montessori classrooms!
- Choose from the two most popular Montessori fonts (print or cursive)
- Includes templates for all 26 letters of our alphabet
- Includes templates for 17 key sounds/phonograms (ai as in paint, ar as in yarn, au as in Paul, ch as in chip, ee as in tree, er as in fern, ie as in pie, ng as in king, oa as in boat, oo as in book, or as in corn, ou as in cloud, oy as in boy, qu as in quick, sh as in ship, th as in moth, ue as in blue)
- Provides specific directions on where to place each letter on its board and the recommended dimensions for each board
If you're not sure which font you need, read our blog post on choosing the right font.
There are many tiny details that go into making the perfect sandpaper letters. For example, aside from getting the letter shapes just right, there is also the placement of each letter on each card and the size of each card. Did you know that the left margins should be wider? This provides a visual support to help the child orient the letter right-side up.
This PDF takes the worry out of making these letters. We've thought of all the details so you can just follow the directions and have fun crafting and then using beautiful letters.
Our detailed instructions explain how to:
- Option 1 (recommended): Make letters from sandpaper
- Option 2: Make letters from felt
- Option 3: Make letters from glue and sand
- Make each letter card the right size
- Orient each letter on the card to optimize the child's ability to trace
The PDF also includes the most comprehensive sandpaper letter lesson plan available with activities for typical learners, atypical learners, and older learners who need remediation.
For more information on how to use the sandpaper letters, watch the video below and read our blog post on using the sandpaper letters.
Item #: SPL-PDC
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