Feb 29, 2012
ABC Clothes Pin Activity
I'm in love with clothes pins......They're just so cute and can be used for so many different things...fun colorful things! I saw this cute ABC matching game over at Sun Scholars. I was very inspired to create something similar to it for my kids.
I couldn't exactly match her idea, so I just used the resources I had. I used these little wooden letters, clothes pins, and a glue gun. Oh, and brightly colored paint, of course.
I hot glued the letters to the top of the clothes pin before I painted them. Much easier!!
Then, I took out some photo matte board, but poster board would work just as well. Anything sturdy would probably do just fine. I cut a long rectangular piece off and drew the lower case letters on it in the matching uppercase color. I did one side uppercase and one side lowercase. That way they can change it up when they want to. Also, I made one so that the letters were not in alphabetical order to give a bit of a challenge. I did keep the colors matching though.
One thing I want to mention is that I put only 13 letters on each piece. I did not want to have a really long piece that was cumbersome to work with. So, I just split it down the middle to make it easier to work with.
Remember the geography dry erase board?
Well, I had my hubby drill holes into the ends of the matte board. Then, he drilled holes into the map's frame and screwed in little hooks. We measured the length of the board (from hole to hole) so we knew where to drill the holes into the frame. We put four hooks into the frame so they could hang the entire alphabet up at the same time.
Now the kids can change out the ABC boards when ever they want. It works well for me because I don't need to find a place to store them. They can either leave them hanging there, or put them neatly on their lookshelf.
The ABC boards fit perfectly in the top part of their lookshelf. Also, their ABC clothes pins fit into the center, little cubby space. They are easily accessible so learning can happen any time they want!!