How Do You Make an Alphabet Book?

The older children and grandchildren are now back in school.

Do they have younger brothers and sisters at home who feel left out?

Construction paper colors

Construction paper colors (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This activity will not only help get them get ready for reading and school,  they will be involved in important activities, just like their older brothers and sisters.

I’ve always kept construction paper around the house and you can simply fold a stack of 6 pages of paper in half and staple a piece of construction paper around them to make a simple book, or follow some of these other suggestions.


  • Glue or paste
  • Crayons, pencils, pens or markers
  • Scissors
  • Any of the following:
    • Old magazines
    • Old newspapers
    • Old catalogs
    • Old junk mail ready to be tossed out
    • Grocery store fliers
  • Any of the following:
    • Plain white printer paper
    • Notebook paper
    • Construction paper
    • Blank scrapbook
  • Any of the following:
    • Cardboard 3-tang folder
    • Composition notebook
    • 3-ring binder
    • Hole punch and ribbon
    • Staples


  • Cut out one of each letter of the alphabet from the printed materials and paste it or draw it on a piece of paper
  • Cut out or draw pictures of things that start with the letter on each page and add them to the page around the letter
  • Bind all the pages together in a notebook, folder, with staples, or by punching holes along the edge and tying it with ribbon


Pick a category, like food, or names of people, or animals and find pictures or draw them, pasting them into the book in alphabetical order.


You many finish in one sitting, or over several days.

To keep it to 10 minutes, pick just one letter at a time.

Children learn that we read books left to right, that letters have meaning, and the order of the alphabet.

Not a bad way for grandma and grandchildren to spend an afternoon.

Thanks to Fisher-Price for this activity.

Carol Covin, Granny-Guru


Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers

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