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Sort and Spell on the go! - The Snap Mom

Sort and Spell on the go!

I am in love with this idea! Heading to the store in a bit to purchase the supplies!

by Kerry Purcell | Staff Writer for The Snap Mom

It’s that time of year.  If you are like most families, you will likely be packing up the kiddos to travel “over the river and through the woods,” and to a “relative’s” house you’ll go.

Thank goodness for DVD players that keep the kiddos entertained on the long ride.  But, wait . . . could it be that mama and papa don’t want to listen to “Let It Go” one more time?  Could it be that there are other alternatives besides a movie or back seat quibbling among siblings?

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An oldie but goodie idea

For a few dollars, you can create an amazing source of entertainment and a great learning tool for your preschooler through second grader.  Don’t you just love things that can serve a dual purpose?

Anyway, back to the idea.  Let’s create a traveling magnetic board that is perfect for hours of learning and fun.

Materials needed:

  • One cookie sheet
  • One set of plastic magnetic letters

So, I don’t get it.  How do a cookie sheet and a set of magnetic letters turn into learning and fun?

Put an entire set of letters on the cookie sheet.  Obviously the cookie sheet (made of metal, of course) holds the magnetic letters in place.  Either independently (or with your prompting) your child can:

  • Sort tall letters and short letters
  • Sort letters by color
  • Find the letters that spell his/her name
  • Sort letters by straight lines and curvy lines
  • Sort letters by upper case and lower case
  • Practice spelling words
  • Match magnetic letters to a letter you have written on the cookie sheet with a Sharpie marker
  • Make word families (cat, hat, mat, pat, sat)
  • And so on.

Give this idea a try.  You’ll be amazed at how long your child attends to the task. 



Kerry is a former teacher and principal turned consultant who spends way too many hours on airplanes as she flies across the country supporting leaders in underperforming rural and urban districts. When not lugging a suitcase through an airport, Kerry can be found spending time organizing and decorating her home and enjoying the little things in life. Kerry also works part time as an online instructor for Concordia University and is the founder and developer of the blog,