The next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series is an I Spy Letter Hunt game inspired by the alphabet sensory bottle from Pre-K Pages. This is a mess free way to instill a bit of mystery and fun into a child’s letter practice.
I had a clear plastic tube left over from a product I had purchased that I decided to use for this activity. However, any clear plastic container that can be sealed closed can be used, such as a water bottle or the plastic “toob” that the Safari Ltd products come in.
I added all 26 lowercase letters from our letters from our lowercase letter bead set along with a handful of rice. The “correct” amount of rice to add will depend on the size of your container. However, you definitely want to leave plenty of empty space so your child will be able to shake the tube and reveal different letters with ease. If the tube is too full, the activity will be more frustrating than fun.
I showed my daughter how to shake, turn, and roll the tube to reveal the different letters inside.
I also gave her a sheet of paper with all 26 letters on it. As she found the letters in the tube, she marked them off her sheet of paper.
She continued playing I Spy Letter Hunt until she had marked all 26 letters off her sheet of paper.
More ways to teach to the alphabet
More alphabet posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Letter hunt sensory bin
- Erasing letters with a Q-tip
- Making letters with straws and play dough
- Letter puzzles
- Montessori sandpaper letters
- Making “alphabet soup”
- Smash the puffy letters
- Mini letter hunt with a magnifying glass
- Kinetic sand letters
- Crystallized letters
- Letter hop
- Yarn wrapped letters
- Rainbow letters
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