Re-use old workbooks to create fun sensory activities for letter recognition with your preschooler! Inspired by Montessori Sand Paper Letters, we came up with an easy, cheap, and compact way to create our own!

Sensory Activities for Letter Recognition with Upcycled Workbooks EvatoAve

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What are Montessori Sand Paper Letters?

Useful as a pre-writing exercise to help form muscle memory, Montessori Sand Paper Letters are a sensory learning manipulative that allows children to feel the shape of each letter. You can read more about them and check out our Sensory Activities for Letter Recognition learning chart here!

How to Use Old Workbooks as Sensory Activities!

Workbooks and sensory activities usually don’t go hand in hand! Book work has gotten a bad rap compared to hands on learning in popular educational philosophies. I am all for book work and work books enhanced by hands on activities.

Sensory Activities for Letter Recognition with Upcycled Workbooks EvatoAve

This idea came about when we finished our Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten program and I wanted to reinforce numbers and letters, before September when we could start Kindergarten level material.

Let’s Get Started Creating Some Sensory Activities for Letter Recognition!

Materials

Sensory Activities for Letter Recognition with Upcycled Workbooks EvatoAve

First you take the work books and have your child outline the numbers or letters in glue. We used stick glue on purpose this way it dried quickly and the book still closes flat.

Sensory Activities for Letter Recognition with Upcycled Workbooks EvatoAve

Then you pour sand on the glue and dust off. All done! Once dried your child can trace the number or letter with their finger and it is easy to store away with no extra flash cards or papers to keep track of.

Sensory Activities for Letter Recognition with Upcycled Workbooks EvatoAve

Grab some old, or new, workbooks or buy the ones we used from Memoria Press over at Christian Books! These are great because the letters are big, and the pictures are simple to enforce letter sound. We colored the whole book first, then as review went back and added sand to each letter reviewing the sound and name.

Do your children enjoy these extra sensory activities to enhance their learning? Mine do! Let us know in the comments below.

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