Arabic Movable Alphabet

Asalaam ‘Alaikum:

I just recently finished another Arabic Project: the Arabic Moveable Alphabet. Like the Sandpaper Letters, this project is based on the Montessori Method for English.


To prepare for spelling, writing and reading.

A large box with spaces for letters of the alphabet. The boxes contain several copies of the letters cut out from stiff, thin, cardboard or plastic reinforce paper. I ended up using cardstock and then laminated and cut them.


Floor activity- spread a large rug for the work area. You open the moveable alphabet box and show the letters to the child. You make sure that the child knows where the letters are in the box. Ask to find various letters, such as, “Can you show me “alif”? and so on.

After the child has a grasp of where the letters are you begin by saying, now we will make _______. For example, the word “arnab.”Ask, “What letters do you hear when I say “arnab”? The child finds the first letter and puts it on the mat. Ask, “what other sounds do you hear?” S-l-o-w-l-y and clearly enunciate the word for the child. Continue until your child finds all the letters of the word. Mind you, in the initial version, your child will just be putting the letters out for the word (you do not use the letters printed out for joining yet if that makes sense). You just want to help your child develop a sense of what letters are used in the word based on what they hear and to develop a familiarity with the letters. Once that is accomplished, then you can use the moveable alphabet that includes joining letters (beginning, middle, and end). I hope this makes sense.

Continue to make words with your child until the exercise is mastered.Eventually, your child will be able to work alone.

Note: Make sure you use letters that your child knows. Also, continue to work on the phonetic sounds of the alphabet.

I would suggest starting with words that have few letters at first and then work your way up to more letters.


One thing to mention is that it is not a fun task to go hunting for these containers to put the letters in – you either find containers that are too big or those that are too small. I found a tacklebox set at Wal-Mart (under $10) that was perfect – it has four boxes (please see picture below).

I’m intending to use two boxes for the English letters (capital and lower case letters). The other two boxes will be used for Arabic. Right now, I have only used one box for the Arabic letters in their normal form. When my daughter is ready to move onto the letters in their other forms (at the begging, ending and middle of words) I will make cards for these as well, insha’Allah.

Ok, now what?

I am intending to upload a template for all the Arabic letters and directions on how to make the Moveable Alphabet. Here are the files you will need:

Arabic Moveable Alphabet

Insha’Allah this inspires you to make your own learning materials!

Asalaam ‘Alaikum,

Sumayyah Umm SAA

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8 Responses

  1. Abu Salih Rayhan says:

    Salamun alykum.
    Thats great. I made movable arabic letters based on montessori materials. The second set box includes the initial, midial and final form of the alphabet. I hope to upload it to be shared to everyone.

  2. Asalaam ‘Alaikum:

    Are you a member of the Arabic Learning Materials group or one of the other groups? If so, please contact me there if you want somewhere to post the materials. Or, if you have your own site to post them on, please let us know!

    If not, and you are still interested in sharing – I wouldn’t mind putting on them on the site citing it came from you with permission. That would make my job of making the medial letters a much easier one!

    If you do not know how to reach me, just leave a comment here with your email. I WILL NOT post it – but will use it to contact you, insha’Allah.

    Since Arabic is not my mother tongue, it really takes me quite a while to get these things finished. While a good typist in English – it is worse than a hen pecking at the ground when typing Arabic! Jazak Allah Khair.

    Sumayyah Umm Sadiqah wa Asma

  3. nadia says:

    salamualaikum sis sumayyah

    masyaallah…I’d like to suggest another method of teaching arabic, though I don’t know if it’s available here in the US. What I used for my kids is a 6 series set called Iqra’ (not the US ones) made in Malaysia. Basically it teaches arabic by incorporating the tashkeel right away so instead of learning the names of the indiv letters, the child will learn to read a letter with a tashkeel. What I also like about this set is in also incorporates tajweed right away, so by the time a child finishes the 6 series, he will be reading with tajweed, no need to teach it separately. I have one set, I gave one to a sister, and the only way I can think of getting it is buying it in Malaysia. Personally I think this method the most efficient one I’ve seen so far incorporating tajweed especially right away. When I was young we used a diferent method, learning the letters and then adding the tashkeel for each letter, but i have to say it’s more difficult somewhat. If you want it let me know 🙂

  4. Asalaam’ Alaikum Nadia:

    It sounds interesting. I wish more was available all over. It seems we get a lot of junk here to use and it is not only cheap, but it is expensive too.

    Please let me know if there is a way to get the set. I’m always interesting in incorporating something in our homeschool that actually works for Arabic – I haven’t found anything yet.

    Asalaam ‘Alaikum,
    Sumayyah Umm Sadiqah wa Asma

  5. rukayat says:

    Assalaamu alaikum
    Thank you for uploading this, do you have a link to the movable letters, initial, medial and ending, so that the child can spell words.
    I really want to make one, but would love to find a template of sorts


  6. Iman says:

    Salamu alaikum.
    Mashallah, I am so happy to find your site, I wish I found it before I finished my practicum. It was making a full curriculum for Arabic. I have to say, the results were amazing. Had I found your link earlier, I would’ve been saved so much headache as it is really helpful.
    I was wondering about the movable alphabets, we made them from foam, and they look really great, but as for yours, does each stack contain the same alphabet, or does it contain the middle and ending shapes?
    Thanks again.

  7. ANMB says:

    as salaam ‘alaikum wa rahmatu Allahi wa barakatuh,

    I am interested in the other forms of the Arabic alphabet, as mentioned in the first comment:

    [Abu Salih Rayhan on May 10, 2006 at 12:41 pm
    [Salamun alykum.
    [Thats great. I made movable arabic letters based on montessori [materials. The second set box includes the initial, midial and [final form of the alphabet. I hope to upload it to be shared to [everyone.

    Do you have these files? Or can you create some please? or explain how to make them? Similar to this:

    And I also want to use the fonts from also for teaching my children how to spell Qur’anic words / verbs using Uthmani script.


  8. Sukru G. says:

    The information you provide very good congratulations. Great…

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