Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Preschool In A Box: ABC Box

If you follow Itty Bitty Love blog,
today's post will look
VERY familiar!

last week.
She made one for her awesome
Montessori classroom and I had to have one for my shelves here at home.

The girls LOVE it!
So does their mama... and their papa

The best part was how much stuff
I already had for it around the house, in our playroom and craft room!

I picked up the box at Walmart and printed the lower case letters
on my printer taped to the drawer fronts with clear packing tape.

Each girl picks a felt mat
(pink for Mini-Saurus and purple for the Frog Princess)
Then they pick one drawer,
put the upper case and lower case
letter at the top of the "page"
then, they name each item as they add it to the mat.

The Frog Princess is practicing writing the names of the items and making sentence stories.

Mini-Saurus is learning the names of objects,
the names of letters,
and what sound each object starts with.

Here are the contents of our
"M" drawer

Here are the contents of our
"S" drawer:
Snow (or snow flake)
Sea Shell

Here's our "P" drawer:
Pan (or Pot)

Here are the items
from the "B" drawer:
Bumble Bee

Happy Learning!


Wendy Hawksley said...

THIS is adorable! If my son was still preschool age, I would totally do this. What a fun and cute way to learn about associating letters with the beginning sounds of words!

The Activity Mom said...

I have been trying to collect things and put them in containers but this storage idea is WAY better! You do have a lot of little items that fit in there. That is awesome. I like the idea for the foam mat too. Very neat. Thanks for sharing this idea!

Amanda said...

I love it! I don't think I have that many tiny little letter things at our house though! I guess I need to start collecting little trinkets! This was an issue when I was making Mad's I Spy bottle too!

Christy said...

This is a GREAT idea.

Cindy said...

This is awesome. Love it.

teachmama said...

NO WAY!! Absolutely love it. Have to make one myself. How totally, completely, and utterly F.U.N.

Mama King said...

What a great idea! I can see it being a big hit with my two girls. They seem to love all things mini.

The girl who painted trees said...

Great idea. I made one this morning. Haven't posted it, yet, but will link you when I do.

The girl who painted trees said...

Here's ours: http://theadventuresofbear.blogspot.com/2009/09/alphabet-boxes.html

jlbee said...


Anne said...

Yay! Your alphabet box is awesome! I am so excited that you made one, and it's great that you found so many fabulous objects just from rummaging around your house. I love sharing ideas with you! Anne

Ida i Qu├ębec said...

Oooh, what a great idea! I'm putting this is my bookmark-folder for "ideas to do"!! LOVE these kinds of affordable, fun and educative things to do with children.
Ida @ http://teaforthoughts.wordpress.com

Bridgett said...

That is a really marvelous idea.
I think something like this would work for just about any child.



Elise said...

What a fabulous idea. A box full of treaures to learn all about the alphabet - love it!

Mari-Ann said...

Love love LOVE this idea!! I am going to make one right now! Thanks for sharing this idea!

Amy Jo said...

That's great! I can't believe how many little things you have to put into each box. Maybe I should stop throwing itty bitty "things" out and get a box for our house too!

Infarrantly Creative said...

Thanks for coming by, that is how I felt when I saw your name in Family Fun!

Dana Barbieri said...

This is so great. I have already begun collecting items for the box. Thanks so much for this idea!

Katie Gonzalez said...

i love this idea! thanks for sharing!

Teaching My Little BookWorm said...

this would be an AWESOME gift! i might have to do it for christmas! wonder how much it would cost?? HUMMM saving this for future thoughts!

molly said...

Oh, good golly, why did I never think to do this at home? I was a Montessori girl for TEN years, and both my boys are/were Montessori kiddos. I remember loving these letter drawers (gulp) 30 years ago! Target, for craft box, tomorrow... Thanks for the great notion! (BTW, stumbled over here via SimpleKids, and am loving the blog!) Molly

SkylarKD said...

What a fantastic idea! I'll have to see if I have a bunch of tiny things to make one, though! Too bad it's not yard sale season anymore!

Cathy said...

I just stumbled upon this idea and I am thinking that I need to try this. My only concern is that they might just take everything out and it would get scattered and lost. Has that happened yet at your house?

Anyway, GREAT blog. I am subscribing right now!

pink and green mama said...


I haven't found pieces scattered everywhere. I was a bit surprised but the girls have really been respectful with the alphabet box and have kept it together. On occasion I will find a trinket that is "mis-filed" in the wrong drawer but that's only because my 2.5 year old doesn't know all of her letters yet.

pink and green mama

Katrina said...

Love this idea!! What a great way to introduce the letters. I have lots of ideas to fill each drawer. Sadly, I couldn't find this box at Walmart. Which department did you find it in?? Thanks for your help!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...


I found the box in the hardware department at Walmart.
I hope this helps! I think you can find them at Lowes/Home Depot as well.


Kim said...

This is so great - my son is 4 and knows all his letters but we're moving ahead with practicing letter sounds so he can start reading. BTW...what font did you use for the letters? I was also thinking of just picking up scrapbook sticker letters to use instead of printing out but like the font you used. Great blog!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...


I can't remember what font I used but I think scrapbook letters would be a GREAT time saver!! : )


The Activity Mom said...

I'm making one of these for my kids and my storage thing is too large. I have a lot of extra drawers. Any thoughts about what I should turn those drawers into (since you've had yours for awhile)? Blends? Diagraphs? Vowel combinations?


pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ The Activity Mom --
I have a few empty boxes on ours too...I haven't come up with the perfect solution for them. Right now I use ours to store extra letters. I think any of your ideas would be great!!

: )
pink and green mama,

rebwin78 said...

Hi, I know this is from ages ago but I'm working on my alphabet box and am having trouble with some of the letters. Do you have any pictures of the contents of some of the harder letters? X,Y and Z for example?

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Redwin --

Here are my answers for those tricky letters!

X - I have a picture of an X-Ray that I "laminated" with a piece of clear packing tape so it won't rip.
Some folks go with the "X" sound so they would include an Ax, Wax, Fox, Box....but I think that's a bit confusing.

Y - Yarn, Yellow, Yak (again, a little picture)

Z - Zebra (small toy), Zipper, Zero, Zig Zag (piece of ric rac)

Hope this helps!

AP Mommy said...

This is such a great idea - just ordered the box off Amazon and some 'doodads' from Etsy to stock my box. I'll be hunting for some pictures online to print out and laminate during nap time today. Thanks for sharing your creation (and for the xyz ideas!)

AP Mommy said...

This might help other readers - this is the box that I purchased.


Craftysquirrel said...

Having just bought Mariah Bruehl's book "Playful learning" I have been looking at the toys and experiences I provide at home - I love this idea, and I am enjoying looking at your old posts - what an amazing treasure trove of ideas!
I am making a personalized alphabet photo book and this fits in well with that. Can't wait to get a box and get started!

AP Mommy said...

Wanted to share our box with you - thank you so much for the great idea!


Lauren said...

I saw in the comments that someone found some miniatures for the drawers at etsy. Could you post a link? Or do you have any suggestions on where to find some mini items? Thanks so much!!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Lauren,

I found some tiny trinkets on Etsy at the TimeforTots shop : http://www.etsy.com/listing/65880760/tiny-object-complete-collection?ref=pr_faveitems

Hope this helps!


Deb Chitwood said...

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, MaryLea! You did a great job with your alphabet box! I featured your post and alphabet box photo in my DIY Alphabet Box post at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2011/12/26/montessori-monday-diy-alphabet-box/

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to add that I got my drawer box at AC Moore for those of you who have one near you. If you use one of their weekly 50% off coupons, you can get it for $15. Jess

~The Bargain Babe said...

Another Z suggestion--little picture of a Zoo sign.

Y--could be a picture of the child "YOU"

X--candy wrapper from some "Xtreme sour" candy... Warhead type things...I've seen a candy that was called "Xtreme" but can't think of what it was.

OneMommy said...

Such a cute and simple idea!

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