The next installment in my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series involves writing letters in apple sauce. This activity combines letter writing practice with a fun sensory experience. It is also taste safe, so kids can lick their hands (or table top?!? 🙂 ) when they are done! (It goes without saying that this activity is not appropriate for children who are allergic to apples or any of the other ingredients in apple sauce.)
This is a no-stress letter practice exercise for kids. Because they are writing in apple sauce, there is no pressure to make the letters “perfect” because there is nothing permanent about these letters. And if kids make a mistake, they can simply “erase” the mistake with their hands and try again.
We did this writing letters in apple sauce activity on trays in order to contain the mess. I started by placing a sizeable dollop of apple sauce in the middle of each tray.
I let the kids spread the apple sauce around their trays. This provides them with a great sensory experience. (Want to know why sensory play matters? Check out my post titled Sensory Play: What it’s all about!)
Once they had spread their apple sauce on the trays, I encouraged them to write various letters.
When they made a mistake, they simply had to “erase” their work by scrubbing the apple sauce, and then they could begin again.
I think the part of this activity my kids liked best was licking their hands clean at the end of the activity. But I most enjoyed watching them learn their letters in a very playful way.
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More ways to teach to the alphabet
More alphabet posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Letter hunt sensory bin
- Erasing letters with a Q-tip
- I spy letter hunt
- Spaghetti letters
- Letter puzzles
- Montessori sandpaper letters
- Mini letter hunt with a magnifying glass
- Kinetic sand letters
- Letter hopscotch
- Letter hop
- Yarn wrapped letters
- Letter tic-tac-toe
- Rainbow letters