3+ years

ABC Lacing Train

Item # 9497

45 quarters 25 dimes 23 nickels 9 pennies

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Kids will love learning their letters with these cheerful Alphabet Train Lacing Beads. They can explore the alphabet in any number of ways that encourage a love of language--from matching a letter to an animal (A is for Alligator; Z is for Zebra) to spelling simple words and their own name. The sturdy lace makes stringing together letters easy. Kids will feel a real sense of accomplishment when they choose a word on one of the double-sided spelling cards and string together the matching beads.


  • 27 wooden beads, 6 double-sided spelling cards, and lace
  • Beads feature full-color images of animals and both upper- and lowercase letters
  • Helps teach letter recognition, sorting, and sequencing
  • Encourages fine-motor skills and pre-literacy skills
  • Sturdy, high-quality construction


  • Product: 11.5" x 11.5" x 1.5" Packaged 2 lbs
  • Package: 11.7" H x 11.5" W x 1.5" L


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Discover Countless Ways To Play
  • Help the child string all the beads on the lace in order, beginning with the engine and letter A and finishing with Z. Sing the Alphabet Song together, touching each letter bead with a finger as you sing its name.

  • Ask the child to sort the animals by color. Help the child think of other ways to sort and group the beads, (such as land animals/sea animals or vowels/consonants).

  • Ask the child to look for all the letters in his or her name. Look for the letters in other familiar words.

  • Create your own spelling cards for the child to copy with the beads. (Be sure each word has only one of each letter.)

  • String two or three letter beads on the lace to make a common sound (such as "AT" or "EN"). Then help the child add a starting letter to make a complete word (such as "CAT" or "PEN"). Sound out the word together, then replace one or more letters to change the word.

  • Place all the beads upside-down so the pictures are hidden, and string the engine on the lace. Then take turns choosing a bead, revealing the picture, and using that animal to add to a story about a crazy train trip.