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Alphabet Sensory Bin

This alphabet sensory bin was a big success with my preschooler and toddler both! I didn't want to have them find letters in another sensory bin filler for his bin so ALL of the contents were letter maniuplatives!

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We filled our literacy sensory bin with the following alphabet manipulatives to provide a variety of textures, colors, and sizes:

Craft Project Ideas' alphabet bead white cubes
- Foam letter pieces
(similar to the ones linked but I found ours for $2 at the grocery store)

The kids dug right in but I was especially excited by my toddler's enthusiasm since he has turned down sensory play with rainbow pasta and our spring sensory bin. His facial expressions of disdain in those posts are enough to break my sensory play loving heart!

This time he was so interested that he pushed me out of the way to play! He has an intense interest in letters and loves when we identify them for him on shirts, books, and everywhere else! He will mimic us by pointing at letters and saying, "Uhhh. Ehhhh. Awwww." This is exactly what he started doing with our alphabet sensory bin!

My preschooler E began her work by sorting letters. She compared the color and size of the letters she found. 

Some of the lowercase letter beads were stuck together so she had to use her fine motor skills to pry them apart.

I gave each kid a sorting tool. E started putting the pieces in alphabetical order in her egg tray.

After observing her work, D began working on one to one correspondence with a mini muffin tray. I love how he chose only the foam letter toys for his project.

E and I spelled sight words with various letters. The ability to recognize words in a variety of fonts is an important reading skill.

D used his whole body to investigate the letters. He is a kinesthetic learner for sure!

Look at him getting right down on the floor to learn and play! He actually cried when I put the bin away! I would say that's a sign that this sensory activity is a keeper!

For more alphabet ideas please visit our literacy activities!

1 comment :

  1. How fun!!! I know my daughter and the daycare girls would LOVE this! Thanks!