This simple project using alphabet macaroni, glue and paper can turn a long Saturday afternoon into a magical time.

What you’ll need

  • Dried alphabet macaroni
  • Paper
  • Glue

Here’s how to do it

Have your child think of a word. Make the first letter of the word with alphabet macaroni by gluing it on a piece of construction paper. Now, try to guess the word — no luck? Have your child glue down the second letter. Continue until the word is guessed. Then you take a turn. Concentrate on high-frequency words your child may be having problems recognizing such as because and there.