Light Learning: Uppercase Letters

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Make literacy visual and tactile with these colorful, squishy letters! They are perfect for light table play!

Appeal to the senses while learning the alphabet and spelling simple words! For students with fidgety fingers, these squishy letters make learning language tactile. The small disc inside each letter allows students to develop fine motor skills. Children will quickly learn how to propel the disc by tapping the letter in different areas. We have doubled up on commonly used letters (A, D, E, H, I, L, N, O, R, S, T, U).  All the vowels are red!

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Develop fine motor skills! Ask students to move the small discs all the way around a letter. O’s and I’s are great for beginners, while Q, H and K are great to challenge older students.


Make glowing words! Use a light table or Roylco’s R59601 Light Cube to spell out student’s names, sight words, vocabulary words or pets’ names. Play with colors! Layer letters on top of one another to make new color combinations. This is a great activity for light table play.  For very young light learners these letters are fun to sort by color!

No light table? no problem! A small amount of water on one side of the letters makes them stick to the window. Take advantage of a sunny day and a big window to create a new way to play with light and language!

letter on window


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Educational Light Cube: Sorting Manipulatives


Getting students to sort manipulatives is a double-duty task. While they sort and differentiate between the objects in front of them, students get to exercise their fine motor skills, too!


On the R59601 Educational Light Cube, sorting gets so much more fun to do! Turn on the fading function of the Light Cube to gradually cycle through colors. This produces a calming effect on students, getting them to slow down and focus on their task.


Our first step was to find a snack platter at the dollar store. Use the snack platter to encourage proficiency in identifying like and unlike objects. Gather a variety of different types of manipulatives. We suggest using items such as buttons (R2131 Bright Buttons), letters or numbers beads (R2185 Math Beads and R2184 Manuscript Letter Beads), mosaics (R15367 Heart Mosaics) and more! Place all the manipulatives in the center of the snack platter.


Ask students to sort through all the different manipulatives and pick out similar ones. Place similar items in one of the snack platter dividers. Repeat for all other items in the snack platter.


If you cycle through the colors more rapidly on the Light Cube, it challenges students to notice the differences between objects that are transparent versus those that are opaque.


It’s a great exercise that students will love to try!

More curriculum-based activities on the Light Cube:

Use readily-available materials for counting and sorting

• Build stacking abilities with dollar store party cups

• Find out just how sturdy the Light Cube is!

Share your stories about the Light Cube! What activities do your students use the Light Cube for?


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Fingerpaint Sensations Alphabet

2014-08-20-FeatureImageIt’s almost time for Back to School! …And that means getting to know new students through their names. In order to spell their names correctly, students will need to begin their literacy lessons. It just so happens that September is filled with various literacy weeks, so this week’s craft is the perfect start to learning some letters through sensory fingerpainting!

Age: 3+

Duration: 15-20 minutes

Learning Objectives: Use fingers to paint. Develop fine motor skills while stimulating tactile senses. Learn letters of the alphabet for Back to School and for literacy lessons.

You’ll Need:

R75415 Finger Paint Sensations Kit

R7512 Fingerpaint “No Mess” Trays

R5519 Paint Bowls

• Paint 

• Mixing spoon

• Card paper

• Pencil


Add a touch of sensory appeal to your students’ literacy lessons with our Fingerpaint Sensations kit! Designed to enhance students’ tactile skills, the fingerpaint kit features 10 safe, special additives that can be combined with paint to turn fingerpainting into a cool experience.

P8190175In the photograph, you can see all 10 additives in labeled bags. Select your favorite colors and mix with different additives to engage your students’ fingerpainting experiences.


Place your card paper onto the paint tray. Write all the letters of the alphabet onto the card paper. I wrote 5 rows of 5 letters each with the last letter ‘Z’ written at the bottom.

P8190184I’ll start with each of the additives. Once again, they are 100% safe for students to use, which is the best part, as kids will love feeling the different textures on their fingers! The 1st additive is called “Fine Grit.” This will make the paint feel gritty to kids’ fingers.

P8190188Mix 1 teaspoon of Fine Grit Additive #1 to a few squirts of paint.

P8190191Show children how to dip their “painting” finger into the textured fingerpaint.

P8190194Locate your first letter and trace the pencil marking with your finger. This is a great way to reinforce the shape of the letter while giving your students a different texture to feel!

P8190197I’ve decided to mix up the colors, so I’m going through them randomly. You can follow one row of letters or make your own combination of colorful, textured letters!

P8190203Additive #2 is known as “Frictionless” which adds small decorative balls to the paint.

P8190209Mix 1 teaspoon of Additive #2 to another color of paint. I’ve added another letter beside each previous letter.

P8190211The next additive is #3. This one is called “Soft.”

P8190215Add more letters to the alphabet poster!

P8190218Additive #4 is called “Slippery.” Remember, you can add more of the additive to the paint to increase the textured effect!

P8190222This one is a little difficult to handle, so choose letters that are simple to fingerpaint.

P8190225Additive #5 is known as “Gooey.” This additive turns the paint sticky and slimy!

P8190228Here I’ve just painted 2 additional letters to make room for the rest!

P8190231Additive #6 is known as “Coarse Grit.”

P8190235Add in a few more letters. We’re almost done!

P8190238Additive #7 is called “Goopy.” The ingredients clump together to make a goopy substance.

P8190241You can see just how goopy it is!

P8190244Additive #8 is known as “Rolly Polly.”

P8190246I’ve added two more letters.

P8190249This next additive is called “Super Grit.”

P8190252I’ve mixed several colors to add more interest to our alphabet poster.

P8190256The last additive, #10, is called “Stringy.”

P8190258I’ve lightened the purple and positioned the stringy additives to make a textured “M.”

P8190259Here’s the final look. Wait for the paint to dry before letting students feel their fingers over the letters. What kinds of textures can they feel on the paper? Let them describe the textures to you while they learn about the letters!

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The Differentiated Kindergarten blog uses our Manuscript Letter Beads!

Students will love being able to see their numbers and letters up close! These sturdy, colorful beads can be strung on thread or sorted into trays just like the photo above. Use the beads to teach number and letter recognition using visual and tactile approaches. Like blogger Marsha states, the beads aren’t simply beads, because “the bead IS the letter”! 

Blogger Marsha published her post on July 12, 2013. The post is entitled, “Beads Glorious Beads!!!” Check out the full blog post here!

As the post shows, the Manuscript Letter beads come in two formats: Lowercase and Uppercase.

To order our products, visit our website here or click on the following links to locate our products:

• Manuscript Letters (Uppercase)

• Manuscript Letters (Lowercase)

Number Beads

The Manuscript Letters can be used for a variety of projects or in educational lesson plans. Great for introducing letter and number recognition, the Manuscript Letters and Math Beads come in a variety of bright and fun colors that students will love to work with.

String up the letters to make bracelets or necklaces! Tie a knot in between each new threaded letter to keep them from bunching up, or use pony beads to separate the letters when spelling multiple words.

Use the letters for Bingo games! Play a variation of Bingo called Lingo (Letter + Bingo)! Draw a 4 x 4 square grid and write a random selection of letters on it. Distribute the graph cards among students and provide a handful of letters for the students to use. When a random letter is called out, students must search through their letter supply to find the correct letter. The first person to call out Bingo must have a row of 4 letters with corresponding letter beads!

One of Marsha’s activities involved separating a handful of letter beads into consonants and vowels or lowercase from uppercase. To really increase students’ letter comprehension, you can ask them to make words from the jumbled uppercase or lowercase letters!

Marsha even designed a lovely little cubby area to store all the letters inside. You can customize the storage area to hold letters as well as numbers or to differentiate between upper and lowercase letters.

Thanks to Marsha for this insightful post!

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Craft Spotlight: Stand Up Letters

DSCF7019Our newest product addition: R49702 Stand Up Letters! Students can color in and decorate the letters, adding their own unique touch with collage materials, stickers, mosaics and more! The Stand Up Letters are perfect for helping students picture exactly how each letter looks like–since they stand out so well!

Stand Up Letters can be used for a variety of literacy projects! Click on the link to visit our full product webpage.

• Younger students can trace the inside of the Stand Up Letters to help build their fine motor skills and get them prepared for learning how to write the letters individually!

• Older students can spell their names with the letters.

• Draw on images that match the letter (i.e. Cat for the letter ‘C’ and so on).

• Use the letters to teach the differences between consonants and vowels!

• Students can also play a spelling game that’s a version of Boggle Letters! Choose 3-5 assorted consonants and vowels and encourage the students to spell out words with the provided letters.

View more ideas here in the PDF guide!

The Stand Up Letters are made from sturdy card to help reinforce the folded letter when it’s placed upright.


The video below shows how to set up and decorate the Stand Up Letters.


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