Sandpaper letter cards use a textured surface for letter shapes on a smooth card. You can buy them or make your cards with sand and glue.
What you need:
Montessori Sandpaper Letter Cards (hand made or purchased)
How to play:
Several letter games are possible.
The first game is having your child trace letters using fingers, following the sand texture on each card. You can start with their names’s letters.
A bit harder, say a letter and let your child pick it up, and trace it.
Finally, you can train letter discirmination: you choose 3 letters and say their names and sound. Then, say “I see the letter C like in CAT. Which one is it?” Skip the first letter to add a bit more challenge.
You can also play with CVC words and vocabulary: make a word (“BIG'' for instance). Say the word out loud, insisting on each phonic, and ask your child to trace the middle letter on the sand card. Then, ask your child to change the middle letter with another vowel and read the new word (“BAG”, “BUG”). You can ask them if they know this word, if it has a meaning. This way, you are training letter recognition, phonics, vowels and consonants, plus vocabulary!