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September 2004 Project of the Month
Alphabet Collage

Tommy with his collage!Make these fun collages to teach your preschooler his letters or reinforce phonics with an older child.

Materials Needed:

  • Cardboard circle (the cardboard that comes in frozen pizza packages works great!)
  • Old magazines to cut up
  • Construction paper in two colors
  • Child-safe scissors
  • Glue
  • Pens or crayons

Directions:

  1. Glue sheets of construction paper to cardboard and cut off excess from the edges

  2. Let your child decide what letter he wants and cut out a block letter in the other color construction paper. My son chose G so I cut out the G in green.

  3. Have your child look through magazines for pictures of objects or words that begin with the letter he has chosen. Help him cut out the pictures. Have your child arrange the pictures on the collage and glue in place.

  4. Next to each picture have your child write a label. My son found the words "Get" and "Good" as well as a girl wearing goggles, flowers which he said were a garden, an older woman who he said was a grandma, a girl carrying groceries, glass (salt and pepper shakers), glasses and a gold bell. He wrote a capital G next to each picture and I printed the rest of the word and then we practiced reading the words to each other.

  5. Find a place to display your collage and then make one for each letter of the alphabet!

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