Monday, December 3, 2012

Letters from Santa

 For months I have been cutting out large letters from boxes of cereal, crackers, snacks, 12-packs... anything made of thick cardboard. 
(You might be able to tell that we like Sunkist and Cheez-Its around here!)
I confiscated an empty coffee container from Nonnie's house and cut a few scrapes of paper to make it look like Santa's belly!

Then, I added those seemingly thousands of letters and let the play begin.
We spelled names.
We sorted letters.
We worked on lining up the alphabet.
We sorted by color.
There is so many ways to play and learn with these letters!
Not bad for things that were rescued from a landfill! How's that for recycling?
Merry Christmas Mother Nature! 

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  1. I love this idea! I'll have to start cutting out my letters. :)

    1. Believe it or not that coffee can was FULL! I just tried not to have them all out at once. There were literally about 1000 letters in there!
      I would love to see your finished project!

  2. What a great idea! Thanks for being a new follower! Returning the favor :)

  3. What a fun idea! You boy seems to really get involved with it!
    And Santa's belly is terrific!

    hugs x

  4. How sweet! What a cute & creative idea :)

  5. I love it! As a teacher, YOU just inspired me!!!!

    Following back!

  6. This is fantastic! Seeing ideas like this makes me wonder why we BUY things for our kids, when they can have just as much fun (if not more) with home-made toys and activities!

  7. I am absolutely in LOVE with this idea. I saved old coupons and we used them to cut out numbers and did crafts with them as my daughter worked on learning her numbers. I never thought about cutting up sturdy cardboard boxes; that's just genius! I have lots of boxes to cut up now and letters to make. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

    Cari @ Reach For The Star Berries
    Reach For The Star Berries

  8. Following back from GFC! Love the story about your little man on the side bar- yes, he is very much a miracle! And I see you're in MS - I'm in TN - we're neighbors! *waving* Cute kids crafts you have here as well!

  9. Fantastic idea for fun with letters, and cheap too :)

  10. Following along! What a great idea! The former childcare teacher in me loves this!

  11. Great idea! I use to save all of my boxes for drawer organizers, and I made blocks too. This will be my next project!!

  12. Wonderful!! Thank you for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday!

  13. What a great idea!

    Thanks for sharing on Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land...hope to see you again soon :)

  14. This is a great idea. I stopped by from Ginger Snap Crafts and would love to have you link this to my weekly link party. The link is:
    Now I need to find someone who uses the coffee in the red container.

  15. BRILLIANT idea!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  16. What an awesome idea! This is perfect to help my oldest work on her site words. Thanks for sharing on the We Made That Linky and thanks for coming up with this brilliant idea!

  17. What a great idea! & fun. Visiting from DearCreatives.ocm

  18. Awe looks like you had fun!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  19. I will have to try this with my kids. That is an awesome idea.

  20. I love this. Perfect link between the season and learning activity.

  21. You have a very beautiful blog; excellent pictures, interesting ideas and good causes. You are blessed. I´m glad that you found me!


  22. This idea is amazing! I will save so much ink by just cutting boxes. :)

  23. Wonderful idea, my favorite part is that the letters are different colors, sizes and fonts. How fun and educational. Thanks so much for sharing on Super sweet Saturday.

  24. Ooooh, that is a fabulous idea! I think even my kids (ages 5, 7 and 9) would enjoy this. Awesome! Thanks for sharing at For the Kids Fridays at Sun Scholars! I'm featuring you this week!!!

    :)Rachel @

  25. Great idea thanks for sharing on the NOB H

  26. So creative - I just love it! Thanks again for sharing on my blog hop!