Thursday, July 14, 2011

Letters & Nature

Over the year my children have of course been learning lots about letters and the sounds they make. To revise this in a way  I knew would interest them we made the alphabet out of natural materials.

 My children are always bringing in interesting natural items to use in their block building and collage so I knew that they would love going on a 'nature hunt' and using their found items to make chosen letters.

Luckily, the night before had been quite windy so there were lots of leaves, sticks and even large seed pods lying around our school grounds for the children to use.

We took a deck of letter cards out with us and the children busily made their chosen letter, took a photograph (with the help of my teacher aide and me to make sure they got the whole thing in) and then chose another card from the deck. They were so engaged in hunting for the right materials (short sticks, long sticks, curved leaves etc) and making each letter that I think each one of them could have made the entire alphabet themselves. Here's a few of the letters they made...


I am planning to use these photographs to make an alphabet chart with the kids which will be a good activity for reinforcing the order of the alphabet.


  1. You could make ABC Art - like the photographs of letters you find in nature (though its never of nature...) -- I have our last name framed - you could definitely do the kids names for their rooms! How cool!

  2. What a great idea! My sister has something similar but I didn't think of doing that with these. Thanks for the idea :)

  3. Great idea! My daughter will definitely be into this (except it will probably be more me doing the spelling and her doing the letter identification at this age!) Thanks for sharing :-)

  4. My son will love this! Thanks for the idea!

  5. Would make a great addition to the reading corner :)