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As promised, I’m back to share another fun post featuring Stencil Revolution. I shared a few weeks back about their unicorn stencil, when Adeline and I had a mommy/daughter date night to bake and decorate a cake together. I hinted that I’d received another stencil, and here it is!
Stencil Revolution graciously offered to let me select two stencils to try out, and besides the unicorn, I immediately gravitated towards an alphabet stencil. With the stage that Adeline is currently in, she’s loving all things educational – especially all things letters! She’s been working so hard practicing writing her letters, and is always so proud of herself when she learns a new one, or perfects an old one. She’s constantly trying to write them, and often asks me to shape them out with dots so she can connect the dots and trace the letters. I really can’t believe how quickly she’s picking up writing, and it’s so much fun watching her beam with pride with every stroke. I hope she’ll always be proud of herself, and confident in her ability to do anything she puts her mind to. She’s also so gosh darn cute writing, and it melts my heart when I can tell she’s really concentrating hard.
I thought this alphabet stencil would be the perfect way to practice, and work on some other skills as well. Not only can she practice recognizing her letters, but she can trace them, learn their shapes, work on sight words, work on spelling her own name, color in the letters – so many possibilities with a simple stencil! They had several different alphabet stencils available, but I figured this one has the most recognizable typeface for her, and would be the easiest for her to practice with.
One Saturday morning after our usual family breakfast date, we came home and got to work on her new alphabet stencil. I let her pick out her colors, and she took full advantage by gathering ALL the coloring and writing supplies she could find. This girl loves her markers, pens, crayons, pencils something fierce, and all she needs to perk up is a fresh notepad to color and draw in. (In fact, we typically keep some sort of coloring supplies in baby brother’s diaper bag, and my purse, at all times!) We rounded up some construction paper, and I showed her how the stencil worked, and she was hooked.
You want to talk about cheap entertainment? Give a 3 year old an alphabet stencil, and some new markers, and you’re all set! But really though, this girl loved it, and I loved working on it with her. We talked all about spelling her name, my name, even Blippi’s name (B-L-I-P-P-I!). Baby brother got in on the action for a hot second, before big sis kicked him out because this was “just for big kids and he’s just a teeny bit big.” I can tell she’s really going to love school because she just LOVES learning. Look at her go!
Next time we use the stencil, I’ll probably cut it in half, just so it’s a little easier to manage and not as long. I bet you could even cut it smaller so it’s easier for little hands to use it on their own. If I had a huge notepad, I thought about taping it down, so she could go letter by letter, and not have to hold it down. But for now, we made it work and enjoyed coloring something other than coloring books for a little bit!
Stencil Revolution has now supplied us with two easy, fun activities, that I already can’t wait to do again. If you need a stencil, for something out of the box like a cake, or more educational like simply stenciling letters, Stencil Revolution is super affordable, easy to work with, and beyond friendly. Be sure to check them out!