Several years ago, I found some wonderful printed magnetic letter trays, but unfortunately they were not in this teacher’s budget ($16 a tray – who has that kind of money??!!). PLUS I already had over a million magnetic letters in my classroom. So, I decided to purchase some burner covers and cookie trays and make my own. I tried writing the letters with permanent markers but couldn’t get it to look quite right. Then, I decided to use my vinyl cutting machine to add the letters but it took me forever to make one tray! So, I decided to print the letters on regular copy paper, laminate and glue to the trays. Quick, easy and works like a charm!
I keep my magnetic letters on 9x9 burner covers and 13 x9 cookie trays. I purchased both trays at the Dollar Tree.
My students use these during morning work tubs, guided reading word work time and literacy centers. At the beginning of the year, I use the trays for simple activities, such as a matching. I simply place all the letters in a plastic bag. The students pull out one letter at a time and match it to the tray. We also use the trays to sort our letters by their features (straight lines, curves, etc., and build our names. As the year progresses, we use the letters to build thematic words, work on sight words, build word families, etc.
This pack contains:
Mats a-z for 9 x 9 pans – red and blue magnetic letters, black and white magnetic letters, various colored letters and black and white letters.
Mats a-z for 13 x9 pans - red and blue letters, black and white letters
Mats a-z with double letters for both 9x9 and 13x9 pans
Mats a-z with one extra set of vowels
I use the red and blue magnetic letter mats with my chunky red and blue magnetic letters. I use the various colors and black and white versions for the other versions of magnetic letters that I have accumulated.