It is actually possible for your child to learn upper and lower case letters using paper plates! Sounds strange I know, but in a few simple steps you can create a really valuable teaching tool that will help and support your child in learning more about upper and lower case letters. They will developing skills in letter recognition, differences and letter formation. It’s also such a simple tool to make.
There comes a time when a child begins to recognise that when we write there are rules that we need to follow in order for our written form of communication can be read and understood. Using upper and lower case letters is one example of this. Capital letters tell us when a name is being used i.e Australia or Jane, but also when it is the start of a new sentence.
Here is a simple tool I made that will help your child learn upper and lower case letters using paper plates. This idea was inspired by a similar idea I saw over on Pinterest. Whilst Possum (aged 4.5 years) isn’t ready for this teaching tool yet, it would be absolutely ideal for school aged children or needing to learn more about the letters of the alphabet.
How to make a learn upper and lower case letters using paper plates
You will need –
- Paper plate x 2
- Glue stick
- FREE prinatble ‘Alphabet Tabs’ (optional)
The alphabet has 26 letters and so you need to section one paper plate into 26 tabs, one for each letter. You can choose to be a perfectionist about it or not. I used the ridges on the paper plate to roughly work out the 26 tabs and whatever space was ‘left over’ became a handy space for holding the teaching tool. Perfect!
I used a dinner sized paper plate and each tab was roughly 1.5cm/2cm wide. But like I said, you don’t have to get too particular about it if you don’t want to.
I added a circle of green paper to the middle but to make it a little more attractive, but that’s your choice. Once you have your tabs sorted and cut, use the glue stick and stick the two paper plates together, but avoid adding glue to the tabs or your teaching tool will not work.
It is your choice if you add the upper case letters to the top or bottom tabs. Once you have decided then you can either write your letters directly to the paper plate, or print and cut out the letters from the FREE printable I have created for you.
Carefully stick your letters to the tabs, but be extra carefully that you are adding the upper case directly above the lower case tab. Once you’ve done that you just have to wait for it to dry and your child is ready to use it for their learning!
Ways you can use this teaching tool –
- Children can write the corresponding lower case letter before lifting tab to check their answer
- Write their name correctly using upper and lower case letters
- See how many letters they can find around the home. Are there more upper or lower case letters?
Children really can use this fabulous teaching tool to learn upper and lower case letters using paper plates and the FREE printable I have created for you. It becomes a fun and easy way to learn more about letters and how they are used and can be used when writing.
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