Taking a Ride on Charley’s Pencil

Over at the blog The Educator’s Spin On It they’re having some alphabet fun with books written by Audrey Wood and Bruce Wood.  Since Trevor loves Alphabet Mystery and Alphabet Rescue so much I thought it would be fun to join in and create an activity for him.  In both books the boy featured in them, Charley, has an alphabet that rides off on his pencils on different adventures.  So I decided to make Trevor his very own alphabet pencil.

What You Need:

  • Computer and Printer
  • Colored Paper
  • Contact Paper
  • Velcro
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Markers

How to Make it:

  1. Using a word processor type out all the lower case letters of the alphabet.
  2. Print the letters out and cut each one out.
  3. Glue the letters onto colored paper.
  4. Cut the letters out so that they have a colored border.
  5. Use contact paper (or a laminator if you’re lucky enough to have one) to cover the letters.
  6. Cut them out again.
  7. Attach your Velcro to the back of the letters.
  8. Using yellow paper, cut out strips and tape together to create your pencil.
  9. Using white paper, cut out a triangle to make the pointed end of the pencil, and cut out a rectangle for the eraser.
  10. Use markers to turn the triangle into a pencil end and the rectangle into an eraser.  Tape to the ends of the yellow paper to finish off the pencil.
  11. Attach your Velcro letters to the pencil and have fun with Charley’s Pencil!

Trevor loves having his very own Charley’s Pencil.  I tacked it up on a wall so that he can explore the letters whenever he wants.  You can do all sorts of letter activities once you make this.  You can have the child hunt for the letters of the alphabet by saying the letter name, or by saying the letter sound.  You can even take the letters off the pencil and spell sight words.


Pointing out a letter:


Showing off the letter “o”:


He wanted to spell “duck”:


One thought on “Taking a Ride on Charley’s Pencil

  1. I’m so glad you joined us in the Virtual Book Club! As you can see from our post, we were inspired by Charley’s pencils too! I really am in love with these books and can see my daughter imagining all sorts of other adventures for the letters. We even have a little Alphabet Island set up for her letters.

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