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Kids Craft: English Spelling Cardboard

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Peachpurple reuses, recycles, reduce trash by using them to create artistic and creative gifts or decorative cards, gifts and learning tool

You cannot make people learn. You can only provide the right conditions for learning to happen

— ~ Vince Gowmon


Benefits of Making Spelling Cardboard

You don't have to spend money on purchasing learning toolkit for your kids to learn the alphabets or to memorize the spellings.


Make great use of your spare cardboard or boxes from daily necessity purchase.


  • Toothpaste box
  • Milk powder carton box
  • Cereal box
  • Shoe box
  • Gift Boxes

These are the benefits of the 3Rs :

  1. Reduce, reuse, recycle trash to save our planet Earth
  2. Save money, save time for searching and parking fee
  3. Learn to cultivate your handmade skills from scratch during spare time
  4. Entertain your kids with your handmade craft
  5. Encourage your kids to help out, teach them to use stationery and educate them.
  6. Reuse this cardboard word craft for your future kids, nephew or nieces or you can sell them online to earn extra income !

I am sure this amazing easy cardboard word craft would benefit to you, your kids and don’t forget to share it with your friends!

Cardboard with  Word CUP

Cardboard with Word CUP

A pair of scissors, pencil, ruler the basic stationary you will need

A pair of scissors, pencil, ruler the basic stationary you will need

empty boxes such as gifts and shoe boxes

empty boxes such as gifts and shoe boxes

color pencils

color pencils

Trusted Quality Crayon

You will need these :

  1. I used a milk powder box that was supposed to end up in the trash bin!,
  2. a pair of sharp scissors ( do not allow your kids to handle them because it may harm their little fingers
  3. plain A4 paper ( leftover gift wrappers or color paper)
  4. Some old color pencils or crayons for coloring, this is to attract your kids attention in learning
  5. A pencil for drawing, a marker pen or crayon (optional) for drawing the outline
  6. A bottle of glue for pasting
  7. A ruler to draw lines
  8. A empty cup or bottle to draw circles

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My son and I had worked on this recycle project together for a couple of days since the lockdown began ( due to covid 19 virus ).

I had to do all the cutting and taught my son how to assemble the items together .but it was a hassle as you know, kids do not 100% listen to your instructions!

However, he did had a great time coloring the alphabets and the cup drawing which was his favorite tasks.

It does not really matter whether the cardboard words turn out messy or super excellent. Teaching him the importance of teamwork, improving his hands mobility and enjoying making things together makes this craft work fun and exciting !

Here is the letter C for CUP that we had made!

If you have more spare time, try to make the words from A to Z weekly.

Starting from A for APPLE, B for BALL and so on...

Here, you can see we had made the letter C for CUP

I had been saving all range of card boxes, card boards and toilet paper rolls for a long time, so putting them to good use with this craft project was worthwhile.

  1. Use a ruler and a pencil to draw a rectangular size measuring 8 or 10 inch long x 4 inch width.
  2. The length depends on the size of the circle size that you draw out of the empty cup.
  3. Cut out the rectangular shape.
  4. Leave at least 4 finger space on the left hand side for drawing purpose.
  5. Remember to allow some spacing in between the circles. Do not cramp up the words.
  6. Use an empty cup ( I used a yogurt cup), put it on the cardboard, use a pencil to draw 3 circles. Allow one finger space after each circle.
  1. This is the job for older children or parents. Do not allow your kids under 5 to use sharp scissors !
  2. Use a pair of scissors with sharp point, to poke a hole into the circle.
  3. Once the small hole is being punched, cut out along the circle line.
  4. Repeat the same procedure for the next 2 circle


Safe & Non-Toxic Glue

  1. Flip over the back of the cardboard facing towards you as photo shown.
  2. Glue all four sides of the cardboard including the sides of the 3 circles.

  1. You can either use a plain paper , left over gift wrapper or color paper to cover up the back of the cardboard which doesn't look nice if you are using milk carton or cereal box
  2. Skip this step if you are using plain cardboard.
  3. Place the rectangular cardboard onto the plain paper, draw out the sides.
  4. By now, the cardboard is stuck onto the paper which fits perfectly!
  5. Cut out the excess paper.

  1. Remember the empty space on the left hand side? Draw a cute little cup there. Otherwise, you could paste a cup sticker or cut out from a magazine.
  2. Next, on top of the first circle, draw the letter C
  3. Second circle, draw the letter U
  4. Third circle, draw the letter P
  5. I prefer to draw the outline for CUP in order to make the word STANDOUT and BOLD

  1. This is my son's favorite time, COLORING TIME!!
  2. Do not be precise on his coloring pattern. Allow him to explore what type of color he prefers for the alphabets and the cup.
  3. You could help him to draw the outlines with marker pen or ink pen.

  1. Draw out the letter C on the 1st circle
  2. Letter U on the 2nd circle
  3. Finally letter P on the 3rd circle.
  4. Use a marker pen to draw the outline of each alphabet
  5. Color them with different colors


Tips and Tricks

  1. Show your child the correct sequence of the spelling CUP
  2. Read out aloud one alphabet at a time, making sure he repeats after you.
  3. Then mix up the alphabets, place them OUTSIDE the cardboard
  4. Allow him to pick the right alphabet, fit into the hole.
  5. Do not scold your child if he gets it wrong for the first couple of times.
  6. Give him a hint how the letter C sounds like
  7. Your child will gradually understands and remember his spellings
  8. Remember to give your child applause or words of encouragement such as "Good Boy!" Or "Well Done !"
  9. Children feel happy after complete a task even with a little praise from his parents or siblings. This builds up his confidence.
  10. Playing this cardboard words enable him to improve his memory and enjoyment in learning.

Cast your vot!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 peachy


BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on December 12, 2020:

Great article. Especially for the times we are currently in.

Children often become bored and this is a cheap way to keep their imaginations fired up.

You did a great job on describing each detail.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 12, 2020:

This is a good example of teaching the kids. Children learn quickly by the play and learn method. In addition they will also have the opportunity to do creative work.

Thank you for sharing this well explained article.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on September 06, 2020:


Thanks, hope that your grandkids will have a whale of time playing with these alphabets

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on September 06, 2020:


Awesome isn't it? Thanks for coming by

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on September 06, 2020:


Yup, I am sure parents are keen in involving kids with recycling ideas

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on September 05, 2020:


Hope your grandkids will learn a lot


Thanks for your supportive words

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 04, 2020:

I love this project and the idea. Great use of recycled materials. I'm so for that.



Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 30, 2020:

A very useful idea to teach alphabets to toddlers. I will pass it on to my daughter who has a 3&1/2-year-old daughter for whom this will come very handy. Thank you for sharing.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on August 18, 2020:

Thank you, hope your grandkids will enjoy this learning toolkit

RoadMonkey on August 18, 2020:

That's a good game and different from the ones my grandchildren currently have. I think this is their next project!

JEREMIAH MWANIKI KILUNDA from Nairobi on August 15, 2020:

My son has just started learning how spell simple words. Nice article.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 15, 2020:

Homeschooling parents are looking for all kinds of activities to teach kids and keep them tuned in. Thanks for sharing your idea. The fact that it involves recycled materials is important.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on August 11, 2020:


Thanks, i love reusing stuff at home rather than spending money

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 11, 2020:

Affordable, educational and so worth trying to entertain our kids.It is a fun activity and you wrote an informative hub about kids craft but with recycled cardboard.

peachy (author) from Home Sweet Home on August 09, 2020:


Thanks for reading my hub. Yup it is low in cost and educational toolkit for all


Yup, getting kids involved is the best way to teach them


Thank you


Thank you very much for being the first person to comment. Maybe your grandkids will find them useful

Abby Slutsky from America on August 09, 2020:

This is a terrific, low-cost, educational craft.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 09, 2020:

What a smart and fun way this is to teach the alphabet to young children. Getting them involved will also help them to remember.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 09, 2020:

Useful for the children. Thanks.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 09, 2020:

I haven't had young children for quite a while, but I think your methods of teaching your children are very good. Your practical methods should work for anyone.

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