Kid Made Alphabet Books

Back in the olden days, before I even started kindergarten, my mom bought my sister and me each a blank scrapbook to make our own alphabet books. Mine was red and I L-O-V-E-D it. My sister and I went through old magazines and cut out letters and glued them in alphabetical order to each page of the scrapbook. We also cut out pictures we liked from the magazines and glued them to the page that corresponded with the initial sound.

I was very particular about what pictures went into my scrapbook. I wish I still had it because I'm sure it would hilarious now to see what I considered cool enough to be included.
B for Barbie or G for great hair?
photo credit: Ro / wererabbit via photopin cc
I picked up some blank books at Target's dollar spot. My four year old was reluctant to even try this because he's making his own alphabet book at school, but it must be different because he worked on this for an hour and a half (unheard of around here) and then declared it "the most awesomest book ever."

I just wrote the letters out for them, but since there was so much enthusiasm we may go back and either trace the letters or glue magazine letters over them.

The books were a little small so we designed some fold out pages by cutting some computer paper and taping it to the existing page.

Warning: If you give the kids a Family Fun magazine to look through, they'll probably find another project for you to do:

Some of our other letter learning activities:

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  1. I can't wait to start doing this with my little one. Thanks for the fabulous idea!

  2. I just went to look for mine and there it was - wedged between my Smurf stickers and Cabbage Patch porcelain mini figures. My favorite picture may be of the Holly Hobby Lunch box. Oh man, now I have to do this with my kids so they look back and see the retro stuff!

    1. Does that sound like I'm rubbing it in? Sorry!

    2. Ha! There's a C for Cigarettes! And some pretty high tech looking phones, cars, and vacuums!

  3. Oh, I want to do this! I think I probably made one as a kid, too. I wish my memory wasn't so hazy, but it sounds familiar.

  4. We need to make an alphabet book. Thanks for the idea!

  5. I got a ton of those books at Target and have been waiting for something to use them for. Love this idea and just pinned it!

  6. Oh!! I LOVE this idea!!!! My youngest son will have a blast with it! Thank you SO much for sharing!!

    I found you through the TGIF Linky Party! :)

  7. Great idea! Thanks for sharing at Delicate Construction! Pinned it!

  8. What a cool project! I bet the kids loved the cutting & pasting and what a fun finished project!

    Thanks for linking up & sharing your creativity with us at TGIF! I featured this at TGIF this week here:

    Hope to see you linked up again today! Have a great weekend =-)

  9. Hi there, just popping by to let you know I featured this on The Sunday Showcase

  10. Very nice, love the simplicity :) I also wanted to let you know I featured you in our The Kid's Co-op featured posts (


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