one of these alphabet books and I have to say it is AWESOME! All three of my boys (ages 6 1/2, almost 5, and 2 1/2) all love to “read” the book. I love that it is personalized for our family and that they can all use it in their stage of learning.
DIY Alphabet Book
I’ve been making alphabet books for my young friends. They take some time, but they are well worth the effort. And, they are great to work on with the kids too!
How to make it
- 4” x6” photo album. (I usually find these at various dollar stores. I try to get albums that have 50 sleeves.)
- Lots of small, colorful pictures. I gather family snapshots, and buy alphabet learning books (usually at various dollar stores). I also gather pictures from newspapers, magazines, brochures and calendars.
- Glue sticks
- Fine tip permanent markers
- 4” x6” index cards
- If you want to stress proper penmanship, look for an alphabet activity book that has an alphabet chart included. You can cut the letters out to put on the index cards.
What to do:
- Label your index cards from Aa to Zz. If you bought a 50 sleeve album, you will need two cards from each letter except Yy and Zz. (Only one page for these two letters.)
- Look at the family photos you collected. Place these on the proper pages. Don’t glue them down yet. Pets are important, too.
- Go through the learning books, magazines and newspapers and add other pictures. It will take a while to get your cards filled.
- Be sure to leave room on your index cards so that you can label the pictures. I find I can usually get three small pictures on a card.
- After you are satisfied with the pictures and labels, glue them down.
- Place the cards in the sleeves.
- Use and index card to put in the front cover. I usually put the child’s picture and write “————‘s Alphabet Book.”
- Try to find pictures that start with each sound a letter makes. (Example: apple, acorn, almond)
- Don’t be afraid to put a picture of something unusual. (Example: zucchini)
- If your child has a favorite interest, play it up. (Examples: Disney characters, dinosaurs, animals)
Activities you can do
- Name the pictures.
- Play “Can you find it?”
- Talk about family members.
- Talk about the letters.
- Talk about the sounds.
- Count the numbers of letters in a work.
- Count the number of times the featured letter is on the page.
- Have your child think of other words that begin with the featured letter.
- Talk about alphabetical order.
- Use as a dictionary.
- If you have included a penmanship example, talk about how to print the letter.
I have been fascinated to see the reactions of the children to the book I gave them. I’ve made 13 of these so far. They do take some time, but they will be used for years.
Carol Zook grew up in a small town with two younger brothers. She realized she loved children’s books when she took Children’s Literature in college. One of her favorite part of the school day was reading aloud to her classes. She misses that so much. Carol is God’s child, Vaughn’s wife and was a “3 hour mom” to over 1,500 Kindergarten students. She has been published in Pockets, The Secret Place, Guardian Angel Kids e-zine, Learn Every Day About Numbers and Learn Every Day About Social Studies.