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Tactile (sandpaper) letters and numbers?<br><br>
I would like to get a set of caps and lower case letters (in Italics) and a set of numbers, but holy cannoli! The prices out there are ridiculous! $60 for EACH set? Jiminy.<br><br>
There's no way I am cutting them out of sandpaper myself, either... by the time I finished, the kids would be in college LOLOL!!<br><br>
I put an ISO on the TPISO board, but I'm not holding my breath <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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My parents made some for when I was a child. Didn't take them very long at all.<br><br>
I HATE those things. My finger tips must be very sensitive and that roughness is enough to drive me up a wall. I will never torture my children in such a way.<br><br>
That said they really are very easy to make
 

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The cheapest I have found are $26/set at <a href="http://www.sandpaperletters.com/index_files/Page942.htm" target="_blank">Sandpaperletters.com</a>. Even the montessori outlet didn't have them cheaper.
 

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Does it have to sandpaper? If there's not some sort of signifigance to the sandpaper, you could make tactile letters from anything. I've even heard of mothers using glitter glue or puffy paint.
 

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If you have a word processing program and an old pair of scissors you could probably make a set for 5 bucks. Just print out large letters in an easy font, like Arial, and then trace them on to the back of the sandpaper (remember to reverse them) and cut them out.
 

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There was a book I recently got from the library that tells how to make them quite easily and cheaply. It's called- Teach me to do it myself, by Maja Pitamic.<br><br>
Really good book! It also has lots of other instructions for making Montessori style learning tools.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">There was a book I recently got from the library that tells how to make them quite easily and cheaply. It's called- Teach me to do it myself, by Maja Pitamic.<br><br>
Really good book! It also has lots of other instructions for making Montessori style learning tools.</div>
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I second this book! I love it! It's very well put together.
 

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I just got wooden letters from the craft store. I only got capitals, so I'm not sure if they had lower case. They were $.35 each. I'll paint them and glue dried pasta, beads, and whatever else to them. If they need it, I'll give them a coat of shellac.
 

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Yeah, but see, I want them in ITALIC font LOL... I'm kind of anal in that I'd like the stuff we use to be consistent (i.e. we are using italic for handwriting, so I'd prefer the letters to be in italic). I know it probably doesn't matter, it's just part of my weirdness.<br><br>
And did you not read the part where I said that I had NO interest in making them myself? LOL... and yes, I would like sandpaper because my ds's LOVE playing with sandpaper LOL (maybe they could use them to sand down some of the woodowork that needs refinishing, too LOLOL!)
 

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Could you find a careful older kid who wants to make some money and hire him/her to do the cutting?<br><br>
If it were me, I'd do the tracing beforehand and the gluing at the end, but the cutting is the tedious part.<br><br>
GL!<br><br>
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i made a set for my kids out of stencils I found at a discount store for 96 cents and then cut sandpaper in squares to match the stencil and glued them on....wala sandpaper letters! My kids never did like them. We found salt,sugar, or sand in a tray and tracing them more fun and tactile. You could also cut cardboard squares out and then write in glue the letters and shake sand over.
 

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OOOH, that's a GREAT idea!<br><br>
I was also thinking last night (insomnia is inventions best buddy LOL) that I could print out an Italics alphabet, cut the letters out just in a square/rectangle then put glue on *just* the letters, then sprinkle sand or whatever on them. Glue that to an index card...<br><br>
But, I'm digging the stencil idea..... hmmmm..... off to google "Italics alphabet stencil" LOLOL<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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Sandpaper.....the thought of it is making me itchy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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lakeshore learning has some cheap tactile letters:<br><br><a href="http://tinyurl.com/2mcqqu" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/2mcqqu</a><br><br>
The tactile letters I have (which, I don't think they make anymore) are made with glitter instead of sandpaper.
 

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This is what I'm saving for....<br><br><br><a href="http://www.discountschoolsupply.com" target="_blank">www.discountschoolsupply.com</a><br><br>
Check out the item called "The Sand Studio". It doesn't come with alphabet stencils, but you could certainly find them inexpensively to add on.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">R
 

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OK, I know you said you don't want to make them yourself... well, you said you didn't want to CUT them out yourself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Do you have a scrapbooking store near you? Some scrapbooking stores have die cut machines that they will let you use for free or for a very small fee. You will usually have a wide variety of fonts available. Definitely ask them first, though, if you can use sandpaper. I think that you cannot with most of them, but it's worth a try. Especially, if you're willing to cut them from regular paper/cardstock and add texture to them afterwards.<br><br>
Just a thought... it would be a LOT cheaper than buying them for $60 for each set. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This is what I'm saving for....<br><br><br><a href="http://www.discountschoolsupply.com" target="_blank">www.discountschoolsupply.com</a><br><br>
Check out the item called "The Sand Studio". It doesn't come with alphabet stencils, but you could certainly find them inexpensively to add on.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">R</div>
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Oh! That's great!! Thanks for sharing.
 
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