We have found a new and fun way to re-use and recycle our cardboard rolls and bottle tops and create them into a wonderful toy to help promote learning about alphabet letters, CVC words and sight words. We are always discovering new ways to use our Stand Up Alphabet.
What you will need?
You will need 26 bottle tops, 26 toilet rolls (we’ve been collecting for while), paint, scissors, paint brushes, sticky tape and a copy of the alphabet letters and pictures. You can download and print this here: Printable Toilet Roll Alphabet Letters
Tip: to fit the cardboard roll into the bottle top, I made a small snip with the scissors at the bottle of the roll and folded it slightly to slide into the bottle tops.
To make our cardboard rolls a little bit more fun and colourful, we painted them. Any excuse to get the paints out!
Once the toilet rolls were dry we cut out the printable alphabet letters and pictures and sticky tape them onto the roll. We have laminated our printable letters and pictures but you could alternatively contact them to help make them last longer.
Sequencing the alphabet letters into correct order and using the song to assist them. This is great for becoming familiar with alphabet letters, knowing what they look like and their shape, the name of the letter and what sound it makes. It is important for kids to understand and know what sound a letter makes for successful reading and writing.
Teaching your child the letter sound first then the letter name is a great place to start. Use the pictures as a cue to help develop an understanding and memory for these sounds, ‘a’ is for apple and ‘b’ is for banana. You can also do this during every day activities around the home such as taking a bath and brushing your teeth, ‘b’ is for bath and ‘t’ is for teeth.
The stand up alphabet can be used to make CVC words, words that can be sounded out and contain a consonant, vowel and then a consonant. This is great for beginning readers and writers as it provides an opportunity for kids to confidently practice the skill of sounding out.
Great for learning sight words or also known as high frequency words. Miss 5 has been learning her sight words at school and has a small amount of homework to help support this learning.
The stand up alphabet makes learning these sight words and homework more fun!
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15 thoughts on “Toilet Roll Alphabet”
Cute blog! I love all your sensory activities and can’t wait to try the bottle top bath with my son- I knew I was saving all those for a reason! 🙂
Saw a link to this at one of the other bloggers in EARLY PLAY AUSTRALIA – here – at Play Ideas http://playideas.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/creating-collage-with-bottle-caps.html
This is such a fantastic idea…using two of my favourite recycling craft items!! I can’t wait to make our own!
hi, ive spotted your alphabets, are u using d’nealian ? could i have a copy of them please, if i may?
Hi Shia, I wasn’t sure what d’nealian was and had to google it, haha! The font I use is an Australian one that we use in our schools called Modern Cursive. It looks very similar to the d’nealian font though. You can download and print it from a link that you will see in orange print (Printable Toilet Roll Alphabet Letters) under the heading and image for ‘What you will need?’ If you need any more help, please don’t hesitate to comment again. Thanks!
Wow what an amazing website, just wished I had found it a couple of years ago. We have already tried soapy slime, puffy paints, apple tree play dough and many of your printable activities with letters and sight words. Kids are excited with all them and are having so much fun while learning. Thank you for all these great ideas.
What bottle did the bottle caps come from?
2L Milk bottles and juice bottles 🙂
Great idea!!!I”ll defiantly try this one with my kids….
Thanks 4 sharing such interesting stuffs…
Love this. Although cant find jug lids wide enough to work. Any thoughts?
Hi Suzanne, we used bottle top lids from large juice and milk bottles. The cardboard tubes were too wide for our lids too. I cut a small snip into the bottom of the cardboard tube and slightly folded them over each other to make them fit. I hope this helps and good luck 🙂