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Magnetic letters

I'm a sucker for a good deal...who isn't?  A year ago, I found alphabet sets at a ridiculously cheap price (I don't remember what it was now but trust me, it was good).  I got carried away and long story short, I ended up with 20 alphabet sets in a big zip-lock bag.  No kid is going to dig through 520 letters to make words so this was obviously a terrible storage solution.  I finally decided to sort all the letters and figure out a new storage solution. 

That was not an easy task so these sat on my windowsill until I thought of something.  I went to Michaels to see what kind of container I could use and here is what I came up with: 

Photo boxes!  Sorry for the sideways pictures...

I put one complete alphabet in each box.  Every student can grab their own box and work independently. There is probably room to keep 2 sets of letters in each box but I think that may be too many letters to sort through for many kids.  I plan on making a set of task cards for each box as well.  I'm keeping a few alphabet sets for those times when kids need 2 of one letter.  I can't wait to reveal these to my kids next week!

If you have a different way you store your magnetic letters, please share in your comments!

3 comments on "Magnetic letters"
  1. Hi Becky!

    When I was a literacy tutor I made them into magnets and kept them on cookie trays! I love your ideas too--what a great way to use storage solutions!


  2. I just found your blog and love it! I am your newest follower! I store my magnetic letters in a fishing tackle box. I label the bottom and sides of each little section with that letter so it is easy to find and easy to return. I have at last 5 of each letter in each square. My Firsties are very good about storing them.

    I would love for you to come follow me! I have TONS of *freebies* that you can use!

  3. I LOVE this idea! I was just at Costco and a large photo box storage container caught my I have to go back and get it! lol


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