As a parent and homeschooling mom, I’m always looking for new ways to help my kids have fun while learning.
In this next installment of my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series I am sharing a letter hunt sensory bin I created for my sensory bin-loving daughter to enjoy while learning her letters.
I took all of the letters out of our lowercase letters crepe rubber puzzle and tossed them into a small bin. I then filled the bin with green split peas. (See my sensory play page for lots of other ideas for filling a sensory bin.)
I invited my daughter to dig through the bin to find the letters.
As she found the letters, she placed them into her lowercase letters crepe rubber puzzle.
As she placed the letters back into the puzzle, I asked her to tell me the sounds they made.
In fact, one thing I particularly like about our lowercase letters crepe rubber puzzle is that a picture can be seen underneath each letter when the letter is pulled out of the puzzle. Each picture starts with the sound made by the letter, which helps children learn the sounds of the letters.
My daughter loved this activity, and chose to do it multiple times.
You can keep this activity fresh by changing out the base material. For example, instead of using split peas, you could substitute beans, rice, or other materials.
Check out my sensory play page for lots of other filler ideas for your sensory bin.
More ways to teach to the alphabet
More alphabet posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Erasing letters with a Q-tip
- Making letters with straws and play dough
- I spy letter hunt
- Spaghetti letters
- Montessori sandpaper letters
- Making “alphabet soup”
- Smash the puffy letters
- Mini letter hunt with a magnifying glass
- Letter hopscotch
- Crystallized letters
- Letter hop
- Yarn wrapped letters
- Rainbow letters