**I do NOT recommend allowing your tot to use any of these items unsupervised.**
I love the looks of the Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) pre-writing materials, but I can't justify the purchase on our current budget. Since RockerTot loves to make letters out of just about anything, I made these capital letter pieces and letter mat out of foam sheets. Since we plan to use many of the HWT materials in the future, I placed the smiley face in the top-left corner to familiarize him.
I wasn't sure how he'd react, but he immediately loved them. We had fun building every letter of the alphabet (and a few other things). "H" is his current favorite letter to write or build.
Our pieces are much smaller than the HWT wooden pieces, but I am pleased with how they are working. I was going to make some letter formation cards, but he didn't seem to need them.