Sugar Aunts: Clay Letters

Clay Letters

We've been sharing our favorite ways to use tools in learning with the Learning with Manipulatives series.  This week, we used two of my top Occupational Therapy recommendations in a combined fine motor power activity...to make stamped letters for learning!

We used clay and alphabet stamps to make our own clay letters for hands-on learning, including practicing spelling words, sight words, letter identification, and letter order.  This was the perfect learning tool for my second grader, kindergartner, and preschooler!


Make clay letters with alphabet stamps and use them in spelling words, decodable reading, word building, letter identification, and alphabetical order activities for multi- age learning ideas and hands-on learning in this fine motor work learning and play idea for kids.

Clay Letters for Hands-On Learning

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As an Occupational Therapist, I often times recommended using clay as a therapeutic tool.  It's resistive and provides proprioceptive feedback while working on hand strength.  Combined with letter stamps, we were able to make our own movable and colorful letters.  We used our 
Alphabet Stamp Set to press lower case letters into small, rolled balls of modeling clay. I love the bright colors of THIS brand.


Make clay letters with alphabet stamps and use them in spelling words, decodable reading, word building, letter identification, and alphabetical order activities for multi- age learning ideas and hands-on learning in this fine motor work learning and play idea for kids.

Fine Motor Work Activity

Make clay letters with alphabet stamps and use them in spelling words, decodable reading, word building, letter identification, and alphabetical order activities for multi- age learning ideas and hands-on learning in this fine motor work learning and play idea for kids.

Ask your child to first pull off small pieces of clay from the long rolls.  Roll the clay into small balls and gently press them into disks.  Then, have your child find the letters of the alphabet in alphabetical order.  Using the Melissa and Doug Alphabet Stamp Set was a great way to further our fine motor work.  The size and shape of the letter stamps in this set are perfect for working on intrinsic muscle strength and tripod grasp.  Pressing the stamps into the clay is a nice way to address precision.  Press too hard, and the clay disk is too thin.  Press to lightly, and the letter's impression is not deep enough in the clay.  This precision of grasp requires proprioceptive awareness.


Make clay letters with alphabet stamps and use them in spelling words, decodable reading, word building, letter identification, and alphabetical order activities for multi- age learning ideas and hands-on learning in this fine motor work learning and play idea for kids.

The brand of clay that we used does not harden.  This makes a nice activity for kids, but if you want to keep your letters, use a modeling clay that does dry out.

Make clay letters with alphabet stamps and use them in spelling words, decodable reading, word building, letter identification, and alphabetical order activities for multi- age learning ideas and hands-on learning in this fine motor work learning and play idea for kids.

Learning Activities with Clay Letters

We used our clay letters in a bunch of different activities. Try some of these hands-on letter activities:

  • Practice spelling words.
  • Practice spelling sight words.
  • Arrange letters on the table.  Ask kids to visually scan for letters to find in alphabetical order.
  • Practice letter identification.
  • Arrange the letters on ta table.  Pull out a letter and ask your child to name a word that starts with that letter.  Ask them to write the words to practice handwriting.
  • Practice decodable reading and word building with the clay letters.
Looking for more ways to learn and play with stamps?  Try these activities:

Stamping Compound Words with Kinetic Sand from Life Over C's 
Stamping Plural Nouns from Still Playing School 
Car Crash Preschool Letter Stamping from Learning 2 Walk 
Sight Words with Alphabet Stamps from Mom Inspired Life 
Big Letter Little Letter Stamping from Powerful Mothering 
Alphabet Clay Letters from Sugar Aunts 
Spelling Practice with Alphabet Stamps from Line upon Line Learning 
Alphabet Stamp Handwriting Pages from The Kindergarten Connection 
Name writing with Stampers from Adventures of Adam 
Stamps on the Light Table {Learning with Alphabet Stamps} from Squiggles and Bubbles 
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Stamping Craft from School Time Snippets 
Stamp It Letter Sound Activity for Kids from Raising Little Superheroes 
Stamps & Play Dough ABC Learning Activity from Play Dough & Popsicles 
Make Your Own Stamp Pad for Letter Stamping from Books and Giggles


Make clay letters with alphabet stamps and use them in spelling words, decodable reading, word building, letter identification, and alphabetical order activities for multi- age learning ideas and hands-on learning in this fine motor work learning and play idea for kids.

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