Introduction to the Movable Alphabet

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Introduction to the Movable Alphabet
Language - Writing
Intro to MA.JPG
Age4 +
Prerequisitessome Sandpaper Letters
can hear the sounds that make up a word
Materialsmovable alphabet set
3 sandpaper letters

This activity allows children to form words even if they don't yet have the fine motor skills for using a pencil.


You don't need to wait until the child has gone through all of the sandpaper letters before introducing this material. Just start with the letters with which the child is familiar.

  1. Step one
    Intro to MA 1.JPG
  2. Step two
    Intro to MA 2.JPG
  3. Step three
    Intro to MA 3.JPG
  4. Step four
    Intro to MA 4.JPG
  5. Step five
    Intro to MA 5.JPG

Points of Interest

Control of Error

Variations and Extensions


  • I really prefer Movable Alphabets that store the letters in alphabetical order (rather than the type shown in these pictures). I feel that this adds indirect preparation for alphabetizing later on. - Julia (MontessoriAdmin)

see Movable Alphabet

Make Your Own

Printable Movable Alphabet Tiles:

Movable Alphabet print pdf icon.jpg Movable Alphabet cursive pdf icon.jpg Movable Alphabet semi-cursive pdf icon.jpg Movable Alphabet semi-cursive 2 pdf icon.jpg
Print Cursive Semi-cursive Semi-cursive 2

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