Alphabet Block Beads: 3 toys in 1

Sometimes toys and learning tools can be found in the most unexpected of places. Take for example these alphabet block beads. I picked up a pack of 12 on clearance for $1.50 in the bird aisle of our local pet supply shop. They are meant to be used to make bird toys but I thought the children might get some use out of them, and I was right.
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As I mentioned in our post about emergency relocation, a good travel toy should be compact and serve multiple purposes. These blocks do just that. When paired with a pipe cleaner they make a fun threading toy for SunnyGirl’s fine motor practice.
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If you get a good variety of letters they can be used to work on phonetic sounds and spelling small words with LittleMan.
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But by far the favorite way to use them has been for building block towers and knocking them over. Since these alphabet block beads are about 1/4 the size of our usual blocks we were able to fit more of them into the suitcase without taking up much room at all, and the results were some pretty decent sized towers.
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So stay open minded when you look at the world around you. The most unlikely of places and seemingly useless objects can prove to be hours of fun for your children.

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