This is a cute idea for little to no cost! (And, I think it might travel well to appointments and such, too.)
Basically, you cut out words from cereal boxes, detergent containers, and the like. Cut letters out individually and store in an empty baby wipes container. As your stash grows, your child can develop all sorts of skills: Visual Discrimination, Visual Memory, Form Constancy, Visual Sequential Memory, and Visual Figure-Ground.
(Those are a lot of therapy words for skills that you can develop playing the following):
Matching game: have your child find matching letters. It will help develop the skill of learning the letters in a variety of fonts, colors, and sizes (visual discrimination).
Memory game: find pairs of letters and then turn upside down in a grid (your own homemade memory game!). Flip two at time to see if you can remember where the pairs are (visual memory). This is a great skill to develop before entering school as it will help with being able to copy from the board.
Search for letters in the pile. When the child sees the letters from different angles, she’s developing “form constancy” – where the object is the same, no matter what angle you view it from. Additionally, by finding the letters within the pile, it’s helping to form “visual figure-ground” … the skill that you need when you’re searching for the paper clip in the bottom of the junk drawer or looking all over your house for the pair of keys that you’ve lost for the umpteenth time.
Patterning: make a variety of patterns and see if your child can find the next letter to go in the pattern (sequential memory).
Bananagrams: this is one of my favorite adult games, and now it’s in perfect kid-condition! No problem if the letters get ruined – just cut some more! Basically, it’s speed scrabble. Make as many words and connect them together with the letters that you have in your stash.
Big thanks to Play Talk Learn for the original post.