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 ISSUE 49   •   21  APRIL 2008 
   This issue: Alphabet crafts

Contents

1. Editorial
2.
Pantry letters 
3. Magazine alphabet game
4.
Stick letters
5. Alphabet treasure hunt
6. Have you seen...?
7. Featured subscriber blog


1. Editorial – The Creative Family

Several years ago I bought a book called I Love You Rituals based on the title alone as I was really attracted to the the idea of celebrating my children and ritualising my love for them. I have to admit that I was a little disappointed by the book which, although it has some lovely ideas, is mostly full of games and rhymes that didn't really strike much of a chord with me.

The book that I had imagined was full of simple and meaningful ideas that would strengthen the connection between me and my kids. Activities that would be fun for all of us and that would be rooted in deeper significance. I yearned for simple suggestions that we could incorporate into our already busy lives, thus enhancing and enriching them.

Imagine my delight when I opened my copy of The Creative Family and found that the always inspirational Amanda Blake Soule had written the very book that I had dreamed of. Truthfully, there were tears. I mean, the book itself is so beautiful and understated, and it's contents so perfect. Yeah, I was probably feeling a little hormonal at the time but still... there were tears.

I've long been a fan of Amanda's wonderful blog SouleMama, and I know many of you are also. If you enjoy the philosophy behind Kids Craft Weekly go and buy a copy of The Creative Family. You'll love it!


Happy crafting and I'll see you next time!



Amber Carvan
editor@kidscraftweekly.com

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2. Pantry letters

I'm sure you've noticed that I'm a big fan of craft ideas that make use of the materials that we have around us. The pantry is one of my favourite places to find craft materials – for this activity we used dried beans and peas but you could just as easily use lentils, pasta, rice, seeds or breakfast cereal.

You will need

• paper bags (or just paper)
white glue
pantry supplies for gluing

Directions

1. Write the shape of a letter or word using white glue.



2. Stick pantry supplies along the shape of the letters.
This was a big hit with my almost three-year-old – check out the concentration!



And ta da!



3. Magazine alphabet game

This activity is a great one to pull out at desperate times – no fancy supplies are needed and you can get going within minutes. It works well as a solo or group activity. Older children may enjoy a magazine each so that they can compete against each other.

You will need

one magazine per child
pair of scissors
large blank piece of paper
• pen
glue

Directions

1. Write down the letters of the alphabet on a large piece of paper. Have some scissors, a magazine, and some glue ready on the table.



2. Encourage your kids to look through the magazine and cut out letters and stick them on the alphabet sheet until they've formed a complete alphabet.



Here's Ella with her completed chart!



2. Stick letters

My kids really enjoy two stage craft projects like this one. We started out by taking a long walk through the damp bush to collect sticks. The following day we sat down to make the colourful letters. Both activities proved a big hit with the children – can't ask for more than that!

You will need

• sticks
string
different colours of wool and/or ribbon

Directions

1. Find a selection of appropriately shaped sticks from which your little one can spell their name or another meaningful word.



2. Join the different sticks together with cotton or string wrapped round and round.



3. Once the letters are formed wrap around wool strands or ribbon to make the letters bright and colourful.



We used contrasting colours of wool and string.



Here's the finished product.
We're planning to glue the letters to a wooden board and mount it on the door to Ella's room!



5. Alphabet treasure hunt

This is a fun game that can be played with one or more children. It's a great way for kids who are just learning to read to make connections between letters, words and actual objects around the house.

You will need

small circular stickers
pen
piece of paper 

Directions

1. Write out the letters of the alphabet on a piece of paper or card.
You might want to consider laminating your alphabet sheet so that you can use it again. Also write the letters of the alphabet on a sheet of small stickers.



2. While your child is not looking, walk around your house (or a specific room in your house) and place the letter stickers on objects that start with the same letter. For example, place the letter B on a book.



3. Invite your child back into the room, hand them their laminated alphabet sheet and have them try to locate all the letters of the alphabet.



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6. Have you seen...?



Our family have
been loving the free Friday night video podcasts for families that They Might Be Giants have been doing since the beginning of the year.

Each episode features an awesome video of one (sometimes two) songs from their latest release CDs for kids. Brilliant for parents who yearn for something a little different to the usual kiddy music.

Click here to subscribe to the free video podcast or visit here for more information about the podcast.

If you want better quality than the free podcasts you can buy the Here Come the ABCs and Here Come the 123s on CD/DVD. Perfect for the car!


7. Featured subscriber blog

Arts and Crafts and Kids – Oh My!

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