Help your child score points with a personalized message of her own. All it takes is a set of letter tiles to tell the world something important. There are a lot of crafts right now that feature handmade letter tiles, but most of these use blocks of wood to make the tiles. Our version allows your child to work with materials you already have in the recycling bin.
What You Do:
- Start by having your child brainstorm the message that she wants to display. It might be her name, or a favorite activity or sport. If she wants to get the look of a game tile, complete with the points per letter, have her look up some options using the Internet.
- Use the straight edge and pencil to outline the square tiles on the corrugated cardboard. It's okay if the cardboard has some text or graphics on it because it will be covered. Our tiles are about 4 inches by 4 inches square.
- Use the desk sheers to cut out the cardboard tiles.
- Cut brown craft paper to wrap the cardboard tiles. Wrap the cardboard just like you are wrapping a gift. Fold the cut paper edges to the back of the cardboard tile and tape it so that neither the edges of the paper nor the tape show.
- Use the pencil to write the oversized letters and, if desired, the corresponding numbers on each tile.
- With the black marker, color over the pencil marks to create bold letters and smaller numbers. Once the ink has dried, erase any pencil lines that are still showing.
Start with one word or name. Then, if she wants, she can make a whole assortment of letters and add other words to her wall or door to create messages.