Sandpaper Letters

Sandpaper Letters is an excellent material designed by Dr. Maria Montessori to introduce alphabet writing and sounds (or beginner’s phonics) to young children.

I introduced them to #1 Vee at about 3+ years old. He wasn’t keen on writing at that age, yet he enjoyed practising with the sandpaper letters. Eventually, he started writing at 4+ yo, and loves doing so till now (6+ yo).

#2 Jae is now 3+ yo and I’m introducing the sandpaper letters to him. Even #3 El (1+ yo) likes sitting on my lap to have me go through them with him.

You may buy ready-made sandpaper letters (refer to some suppliers here), or make them yourselves.

I’ve created the printables for small and capital letters using font Arial, and edited some letters to match what our local kindergarten teaches. These should be rather suitable for children in Singapore and Malaysia.

Here are the steps on how to use my free printables:

(A) If you’re too busy to cut sandpaper letters:

  1. Print pages 1 to 7 (of each file) on A4 paper
  2. Cut into 1/4 A4 pieces
  3. Laminate in pouches size A6 (which is 1/4 A4)

Using this method, you may show the child how to trace each letter. However, when the child traces the letter, there’d be no tactile difference between the letter and outside the letter.

This means there’s no control of error.

Only for parents who would be guiding the child closely during short home learning sessions.

(B) If you’ve time to cut sandpaper letters:

Materials needed:

  • 7 x A4 paper OR coloured paper / card stock (2 x blue, 6 x pink)
  • Laminating pouches (A6)
  • 2 x Sandpaper (smoothest type)
  • Super glue or double-sided tape (narrow)


  1. Print pages 1 to 7 (of each file) on A4 paper OR Cut A4 coloured paper or card stock 1/4 A4 pieces
  2. Laminate in pouches size A6 (which is 1/4 A4)
  3. Print pages 8 & 9 (of each file) on A4 paper
  4. Cut out the letters (they are in reverse)
  5. Place each letter cut-out at the back of the sandpaper. Trace outline of each letter.
  6. Cut the sandpaper
  7. Stick the sandpaper letter onto the laminated coloured card (Use super glue or double sided tape)

How to store the Sandpaper Letters:

I buy the single brochure stand from Daiso at RM5 each. This is of just the right width to hold the laminated sandpaper letters.

Get your free downloads here:

  1. Sandpaper Letters
  2. Sandpaper Letters – Capital

Hope you like them!


~ MieVee

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