Perler Bead Alphabet

It’s no secret we love Perler Beads around here.  All three of my kids love creating and then playing with their creations.  We have numerous hand made Perler Bead toys! We have recently added a Perler Bead Alphabet set to our collection!

Perler Bead ABCs

Recently my kids got out our alphabet tray and began making the letters in their names. I suddenly realized how fun a set of letters would be for word work and asked them to make me a full set, with extras for vowels and common letters!

This is the tray we used, you can buy it on Amazon, we got ours at Michaels I think.

Perler Bead ABC Tray


I let them design the letters however they wanted, and we have used them almost everyday since they were created!

Perler Bead ABCs

We have already used our new ABCs during our home Kindergarten learning a lot! Making words is much more fun when you helped make the letters yourself!

Here’s a peek at our letters in action ~

Instead of circling, we’ve been using them on our Logic of English worksheets. Below she was identifying the middle sound.

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We’ve also been using them with our word family work!

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There’s also a printable template on the Perler Bead website if you have square templates and want to make bigger ABCs.  You can also easily freehand the letters!


Make Your OWN Perler Bead Alphabet

Want more fun ABC ideas?  Check out our ABC Ideas Pinterest Board!

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Tot Tray Ideas ~ Alphabet

Welcome to our collection of Tot Tray ideas featuring ALPHABET ideas.  This is our second post in a series for our Ultimate Tot Tray Idea Collection, our first post featured Transferring Ideas for Tot Trays.

Alphabet Tot Tray Ideas Collection

Alphabet Tot Trays?

Working with letters in a fun and playful way is a natural and effective way to work on letter and sound identification with young children. Many tots will soak up this knowledge without ever having to directly be taught.

Use purposeful language as you engage with your tot, focusing on simply having fun.  The learning happens naturally. I never “taught” my tots to identify letters, yet they learned by the purposeful play we did together.  Letters were a part of our everyday play and they soaked up knowledge naturally.

Not familiar with Tot Trays?  Learn all about them here!


What You Need for ABC Tot Trays ~

  • letters
  • something fun to do with letters {see ideas below}

Much fun can be had with a variety of letter toys.  Think outside the box and use one set of magnetic letters, a set of ABC bean bags, or an alphabet puzzle in many different ways.  It isn’t about having more toys, it’s about doing more with what you have!

Here’s some alphabet toy ideas to get your brain spinning, don’t buy all {or any} of these, look at the list to think about what you might already own and can use! You can easily make your own set of letters using bottle tops, rocks, or other basically free creative option.

Alphabet Toys

Some Alphabet Tot Tray Ideas

Note ~  All ideas are presented with the understanding that you are playing WITH your tot, these are not all independent activities as some of the items are choking hazards. Please only use ideas that you feel comfortable with and feel you can ensure your tot’s safety.

Alphabet puzzles make great ABC Tot Trays.  The key is to NOT use all of the pieces at once.  If your tot is very young, only use one or two pieces!  Add more as your tot progresses.

Alphabet Puzzle Tot Tray

{the puzzles shown were bought at a discount store, many years ago}

Alphabet Puzzle Tot Tray


Matching upper and lower case magnets on a tray can be matched up on a magnetic surface.  You could provide a cookie sheet, or use another surface such as the dishwasher which Krash is using below.  Again, not the entire alphabet is given, adjust to developmental level of your tot.

abc magnets


Alphabet Bean Bags can be used for many Tot Tray activities. Below you see some of ours in a box along with some other letters to be matched up.  My mom made our bean bags, but you can find them online too.

Letter Matching


Hammering bean bag letters is a fun activity for active tots. You call out the letter and the child hammer’s it!



Bottle cap letters and name cards are a great way for older tots to work on names!

Bottle Top Names



Alphabet magnets {or puzzle pieces} can be stamped into play dough.

ABC Magnets in Play Dough


If you have any large letters {ours are from a foam ABC floor mat}, use these with play dough to make the letters.

Play Dough on Foam Letters


Use alphabet printable pages {these are from Tot School Printables} and make the letters together and then poke the play dough!

Poking Play Dough letters


Poke the letters with an object that begins with that letter ~ {keys for K, pencil for P, small toy cow for C}

Keys and Letter K


Press another small object into the play dough {gems shown below} for some great fine motor work.

ABC with Play Dough and Gems


Use letter cookie cutters with play dough, and objects to press into the play dough too!

Alphabet Cookie Cutters and Play Dough


Hammering our foam puzzle was a VERY favorite of Krash when he was a tot. Ladybug loved these puzzles too.

Hammering the Alphabet Puzzle

See more ABC ideas here on our Tot Tray Ideas ~ Alphabet Pinterest Board

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Raising Lil Rock Stars Through the Bible A-Z ~ Introduction

Raising Lil' Rock Stars Through the Bible A to Z

I am beyond excited to share my latest “baby” with you.  Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Through the Bible A-Z has been in development for about 2 years now as I waited for God to guide the timing. It has been tons of work behind the scenes, and much prayer and planning has gone into this. Since I wrote the stories, I have even had my husband on board for Biblical editing help too!  My dear friend Shannon also assisted me.

I would like to introduce you to a brand new Bible based early childhood program, Raising Lil’ Rock Stars A-ZYup, similar name, because I believe strongly in the Rock Star vision and I cling to it when developing Biblical resources for kids.

Years ago I created RRSP and RRSK and have always wanted to develop a new program with new graphics, new verses, new stories {written by me}, a group version {to be used in Sunday School, Children’s Church, Co-Op} and also the ability to be used at home.

I will be releasing the FREE home based units over time, as I share them on my blog, but wanted to get the entire bundle finished so those of you who want it don’t have to wait! The first free unit comes out tomorrow!

I have images and descriptions on the info pages, you can scroll through and see what is included.  You can see everything included in the Home Bundle here.  See the Group Bundle here.  Here’s a peek…

RLRS Printables

In each letter unit you will find

  • a focus word {word appears within the verse}
  • a focus Bible verse
  • a focus graphic
  • a story to illustrate the word/Bible verse
  • a coloring page
  • a mini tracing page
  • a verse bracelet
  • a letter focus page
  • a display flag {or circle}
  • lesson plan ideas, and teacher helps

Extras ONLY in the Bundles {same in Home or Group Bundle}

  • Flashcards and Verses at a Glance Chart
  • Cut and Glue the Verse
  • Tracing
  • Flags Only {banner flags two per page for easier printing/laminating}
  • a NEW extra already in development but not ready yet!

The Home Bundle is $12 and is for use by one family in a home setting.

The Group Bundle is $35 and can be used in any group setting, multiple times by multiple children.

The two bundles will both have extras {same in each} that won’t be free anywhere!

You can see everything included in the Home Bundle here.  See the Group Bundle here.

    Once you purchase, you have access to any new extras added to the set.  You save your private link and password and can come back at anytime!

I have a FAQ page all set up for you, which has answers to questions such as…

  • What in the world does “Raising Rock Stars” mean?
  • Why NIV version?
  • What is the target age for this?
  • Why a new A-Z version?
  • What’s the difference between this new version {RLRS} and the RRSP and RRSK version?

You can read more about this new program on the Raising Lil’ Rock Stars homepage and here are more quick links for you…


FREE lessons

Home Bundle Details

Group Bundle Details

Come back tomorrow for FREE Letter A printables and some photos of the unit in action!

Home Preschool with Ladybug A-Z

Home Preschool A to Z from

We have completed Ladybug’s Home Preschool and I am working to get all of our posts organized for you to be able to access them easily.  Here is the entire Home Preschool Plan we followed, here is the journey that led us to that decision. Our weekly letter focus was only part of our home preschool and in this post you can see all of the letter based posts, A-Z! We also had our regular Learning With Ladybug feature which shared the other parts of our home preschool. I will get those organized into a post for easy access soon.

Click on each letter to see the post, and you can also see them all on our Home Preschool A-Z Pinterest Board here!

Home Preschool Letter A  Home Preschool Letter B

Home Preschool Letter C   Home Preschool Letter D

Home Preschool Letter E   Home Preschool Letter F

Home Preschool Letter G   Home Preschool Letter H

Home Preschool Letter I  Home Preschool Letter J

Home Preschool Letter K   Home Preschool Letter L

Home Preschool Letter M  Home Preschool letter N

Home Preschool Letter O  Letter P Home Preschool

Home Preschool letter Q  Home Preschool Letter R

Home preschool Letter S  Home Preschool Letter T

Home Preschool Letter U  Home Preschool Letter V

Home Preschool Letter W  Home Preschool Letter X

Home Preschool Letter Y   Home Preschool Letter Z


Here’s the Pinterest board in case you want to pin straight from there!

Home Preschool A to Z Pinterest Board from

Other Helpful Home Preschool Posts…

All By Myself Preschool Boxes  Learning with Ladybug Preschool  Following the Lead of Your Preschooler at Home

Homeschooling Tots and Preschoolers  Hands on the Alphabet  Homeschooling Preschool


Ideas for Using ~ Q-Tip Painting Printables

Ideas for Using Q Tip Painting Printables

My daughter is the queen of loving something one day and hating it the next. She definitely keeps me on my toes. I began creating Q-Tip painting printables because she LOVED them and then suddenly she was SO over them. Anyone else relate?

I had to get creative with how we would use them and once I did, she loved them again! She now uses them weekly again, but chooses her method each time.


WHY use Q-Tip Painting Printables?

The big answer is fine motor skills! If you notice how we focus on not only the tiny dots, but also using small items in painting or adding to the dots. All of this works on hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills

The letter identification is a secondary bonus!

Below you will see several ideas for using these printables.

The obvious use is Q-Tips and paint. We use both tempera paint and water color paint. This was  the main reason they were created, and I was originally inspired by this post. You can see our original intro post here.

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We have also cut straws down to a tiny size and let her paint with those.  I did this both for something different and also to make the grip area even smaller than a Q Tip to force her to use a better grip.

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Adding glue dots and glitter is another fun activity, and one of her favorites.  She is usually able to add glue dots to some of them and then I finish when it gets too hard.

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If managing a glue bottle is too much, try a toothpick!  I put a small amount of white glue in a craft cup and give her a toothpick to dot the glue on.

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Then we sprinkle on the glitter!

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Another spin on the use of glue is to glue on Perler beads.  Again, she will add the glue for some and I will finish.  Then she adds all of the beads.

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Looking for all of our Q-Tip Painting Printables? Click on the images to see the free printables for each theme shown below {click here to see any new themes added after this post was published}! I am always adding more, so be sure to subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss new themes!

Lalaloopsy  Sofia

Despicable Me  Tinkerbell

Jack in the Beanstalk Mouse Paint

Noah's Ark  Thanksgiving

Nativity  Christmas

The Mitten  Winter Clothing

Q Tip Alphabet Painting  Q Tip Painting Number Printables

See more “Ideas for Using” posts below!

Ideas for Using ABC Letter Crafts   Ideas for Using ABC Find It!

Ideas for Using Roll and Graph   Ideas for Using Dot Fun Printables