One of my interests, as a stay-at-home mom, is to incorporate Montessori aspects into my son’s environment. I strive to have his play time be enriching as well as fun. *You can check out my guests posts as “Parent Coach” on Age of Montessori. Anyway, around 8 months, I decided I wanted him to have some alphabet letters that he could touch and enjoy.
- Felt (I picked colors that match the nursery)
- Sewing machine
I started making the felt alphabet letters based on this tutorial from A Nest for All Seasons.
Step 1 worked great. You just find a set of letters online in a font that you like, and cut out the letters in the felt. Step 2, however, really did not work out. I have no idea how people actually get the stuffing to stay inside when you are hand sewing letters like this. For me, it totally didn’t work.
Instead, for step 2, I decided to cut out a slightly smaller version of the letters in a different color felt, and then sewed that second letter on top of the first letter with my sewing machine. WAY easier! This helped the letters to have enough texture/bulk, but no stuffing required!
Best of all, he has enjoyed this DIY toddler toy from age 8-13 months!