overhead letter tiles

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  1. cheer

    cheer Comrade

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    I am seaching for overhead letter tiles for my make a word center. I have found that they can be expensive when you need to buy them in bulk. Has anyone tried coping them on transparency paper? If so how does it work storing them and do they stick together? (so you may lose a couple?)
     
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    Here's What I Did

    I simply collected a bunch of those colorful fridge magnets[​IMG]

    and used those. The project the letters. Plus, they are multipurpose so they can be used for a magnetic center as well.
     
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    tiles made up of plastics are useful and long living than of any other materials..as we all know how playful children can be so, its the best what you can take,
     
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    Thanks, thats a great idea. How many children would you have at that center? I only have one overhead. I wonder if you can make a game out of it...HMMM...
     
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    Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I turned a metal shelf around so that my kids could have a magnet center, but I never thought about putting them on the overhead...too cool!!!!
     
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    I took math tiles and wrote letters on them using a black sharpie.
     
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    Yes, I have copied them on tranparencies and cut them out. But you're right about storage- it's hard to find the letter you need when they're jumbled up and you can't read them b/c they're all stacked on one another. But my kids would spread them on the carpet and eventually find what they needed- wasted some time though.
     
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    yes I've used mag letters on the overhead and I have also printed letters on transparencies and cut apart - it works. And that is in kinder. Letters do come up missing but.....
     
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    Or, type in whatever font you want, then print directly onto transparencies. Store in plastic craft boxes. Even sorting the letters to put them away can be an activity.
     
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    That was my idea
     
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    I was thinking you could use foam letters. They tend to be smaller than magnetic letters (you can fit more on the overhead) and you can get them at the dollar store, Walmart, and any craft store. The only downside is they often have the peel and stick adhesive on one side. If you can find them without adhesive (or maybe soak the adhesive off) they might be a good way to go.
     
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    Oooh, or maybe you can use letters from the sewing section. I always see applique letters that you can iron on. Those wouldn't have adhesive on one side (unless your kids bring an iron).
     

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