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As I’ve written before, I am a big fan of kinetic sand. It is a really awesome material for sensory play that feels like sand but at the same time is so different than sand.
Given how awesome kinetic sand it, I thought it would be fun to use it to teach the alphabet. So the next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series is making letters with kinetic sand.
So what is kinetic sand? It is a mixture of 98% regular sand and 2% non-toxic polymer that is just delightful to play with, as it moves so different than 100% pure sand.
See my post about using kinetic sand in sensory play to learn more.
For helping kids to learn the alphabet, I set up a tray with some kinetic sand on one side.
Then I invited my kids to make kinetic sand letters by molding the sand into letters on the tray. The polymer component of kinetic sand makes it moldable without any need to add water.
Both kids were anxious to try this activity, as they love any excuse to use our kinetic sand.
Kinetic sand is so soft in your hands that kids really enjoy a chance to play with it.
More ways to teach to the alphabet
More alphabet posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Letter hunt sensory bin
- 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
- Yarn wrapped letters
- Letter tic-tac-toe
- Rainbow letters
You can find more ways to teach the alphabet on my Literacy Activities for Kids page and my Letter Learning Pinterest board.
I’ve never heard of kinetic sand. Something I would like to check out for my 4th grader who struggles with spelling. Thanks for the information!