Gel Writing

I knew exactly what I wanted to do in the blogging link up 31 Days of ABC’s. This is a link of 31 ways to learn to write – one for every letter of the alphabet. I was delighted to get G because I wanted to do Gel writing. I love stealth learning. Children learn best when they think they are having fun and don’t realise they are learning.

Gel writing

I used gel bags a lot when Molly was little but haven’t used them with the twins. Now they are three and at Nursery they are really interested in letters, especially in their names. There are lots of ways to make a gel bag but this is what I always do.


We use:

  • Resealable food bags
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Food colouring
  • Glitter
  • Duct Tape

We add the gel food colouring and glitter into the bags and seal with the duct tape. You can tape them down onto a board or leave them to be a bit more squishy. You can also add lots of other things in to the bags, sequins and googly eyes work really well. I didn’t want to use anything extra this time because it can get in the way of the letters.

Gel writingI wanted to make these have a Halloween theme because of the time of year. We used Halloween colours: green, purple and orange to look like magic potions. Then I added a witch’s hat, some pumpkins, a magic wand and some star post it notes to write the letters on.

Gel writing

The bags are a lot of fun so for the first couple of times they used them I just got them to play. It is actually really therapeutic and great for stress levels.


After that I got them to trace over foam letters and to copy the letters from their name.

Gel writing

This is a really easy activity to adapt for different ages. For my 6 year old I simply wrote her spellings onto stars for her to practice.

Gel writing

This also works well for phonics practice. Molly practiced all her letter sounds using gel writing when she was in Reception.

Gel writing

This is my post for the 31 Days of ABC’s

To find all the other posts visit All Done Monkey who has put the blog hop together.

31 Days of ABCs - October 2013


Here are all the blogs taking part.

This Reading Mama, Nothing if Not Intentional, Sugar Aunts, For the Love of Spanish, Craftulate, Diapers-n-Heels, The Good Long Road, Here come the girls, Toddler Approved, Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes, Princess And The Rock, Kids Yoga Stories, Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails, Little Bins for Little Hands, The Measured Mom, P is for Preschooler, 3 Dinosaurs, Preschool Powol Packets, Crayon Box Chronicles, Juggling With Kids, Toddling in the Fast Lane, Teaching Mama, Still Playing School, Mamas Like Me, All Done Monkey, Little Hiccups, LalyMom, What to do with the children, Teachers of Good Things, Stir the Wonder, Scribble Doodle and Draw

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Gel writing - a fun way to learn your ABC's - great fun for Halloween

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