Make your very own magnetic phonogram / alphabet letter tiles for a fun, hands-on way to practice spelling! FREE printable letter tiles template included!
My kids always like it when learning is interactive and fun! Knowing this, I was on the hunt for some hands-on activities / manipulatives to help my boys with their spelling. So, I decided to make some magnetic phonogram tiles. I enjoy easy DIY projects! So, of course, I’m going to share all the details with you so that you can make some as well! I promise, it’s super easy and you know I love making printables, so I even provide a free template for the tiles as well!
Like I said, the tiles were super easy to make and my kids enjoy using them! They were able to practice spelling using their phonograms, as opposed to just individual letters of the alphabet. And, they were able to use the tiles on anything magnetic; the fridge, cookie sheets, white boards, etc.
Want to make a set of magnetic phonogram / letter tiles for your kiddo(s) as well?
Supplies Need to Make the Phonogram Tiles:
Directions for the Homemade Phonogram Letter Tiles:
Print the phonogram tiles from the free download below onto cardstock and laminate them. Cut the tiles apart and adhere the magnets and start having fun with spelling!
Save on Magnets:
You could purchase the self-adhesive magnets to save on time or you could save money and do what I did. (FYI – You could probably even cut each of the adhesive squares into fourths prior to sticking them onto the tiles, which could also save on $$ because you wouldn’t need as many magnets.)
However, you could do what I did! Rather than purchasing magnets, I just used some old magnets from our refrigerator. I had lots of old magnets that I had gotten from all over; pizza places, doctor’s offices, realtors, etc. Often times they would just come in the mail. In fact, I started saving them for occasions such as this!
It really doesn’t matter what is on the front of the magnet that you reuse. All you need is the magnetic back side! Here is how I repurposed the old magnets to make the phonogram tiles.
First, I cut the magnets apart into little squares. Mine measured about 1/4 inch. Then, I used some tacky glue to adhere the magnets to the back of the tiles which were already laminated and cut. I let them dry overnight and then viola – homemade magnetic phonogram tiles!
Don’t want to make them yourself?
Not interested in this DIY project, but still want the tiles? No problem! If you are not interested in making the magnetic phonogram tiles yourself, you can also purchase letter tiles from the All About Spelling website (magnets purchased separately). Or, you could purchase this magnetic phonics set that even comes with a built in magnetic board!
By the way, if you’re using SWR, be sure to check out some of the other spelling activities and printables we used with the Spell to Write and Read curriculum.
The phonogram letter tiles are a fun hands-on manipulative to help practice spelling. Make your own or purchase a set to use for some great spelling enrichment activities!
More Phonogram Spelling Fun:
Looking for more ways to practice spelling with phonograms? Be sure to check out some of the following activities!
- Read it. Spell it. Write it. (free printable)
- Phonogram Board Games (free download)
- Letter Tiles App (digital spelling fun)
This post was originally published on May 14, 2011.