When my boy first discovered a love of all things letters and writing he was at that stage of wanting to write way beyond his abilities.
He was still learning to form most letter as well as working on holding and manipulating his pencil well enough to write. But he wanted to know how to write everything and was constantly throwing random combinations of letters at me and demanding to know what it spelled!
I needed a break from figuring out how to pronounce the word ‘dmjko’ and ‘mnnntyx’, so I devised a cunning plan that encouraged his new found love of letters, spelling and writing, but needed less input from me, so we did this easy letter collage activity.
To make our letter collage I print out and cut up a few pages of letters, we used some of homemade paste, and a few sheets of coloured paper to stick them on to.
To make it even easier we’ve created these free printable letter pages which you can download here.
This printable is an A4 sized pdf file, you will need a pdf reader such as adobe acrobat to open it. If you are printing on US ‘letter sized’ paper be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options.
Please remember that the printables at picklebums.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share, or link directly to these files.
We included upper and lowercase letters and the numbers one to ten. There are four pages, each one using a different font to encourage recognition of various print.
The first time I set up this activity my boy was very excited.
“Oooh lots of letters” he said when he discovered what I was doing.
“Yep… lots of letters, now you can make lots of words…. any words you like!” I told him and left him to it.
He used the letters to write his name, and the names of his siblings, and the other very important word he knew how to spell – ‘Mum’. He did a little comparing of letters in the different fonts, and made lots and lots and LOTS of random ‘words’.
We’ve done this letter collage activity lots of times over the years, and it’s really great for older kids too. It’s a great way for new readers and writers to focus on spelling words and making sentences without having to worry about the skill of handwriting which some of my kids found very hard to master.
Are you kids at that stage where they want to know all about words and writing?
I first shared this post back in 2011 (which is why some of the comments have such old dates on them). We’ve done this activity so many times in the years since that we added the printable to make it even easier and I thought it was time for an update and reshare.