Teaching letters to preschoolers is an important, fun skill. Your kids will love this alphabet sensory bin for preschoolers!
Preschoolers love an alphabet sensory bin
The number of alphabet sensory bins I have created over the years is in the tens of millions.
A limit for how many is too many does not exist.
Related: Our GIANT 10-foot alphabet theme coloring poster is beyond popular with preschoolers!
You can likely set up your alphabet sensory bin today!
Because you only need letters and something to put them in, there’s a good chance you can set this up the moment you finish reading this.
We absolutely love, love, love the plastic letters used here (they’re translucent and gorgeous + the set includes numbers).
BUT, magnetic letters, alphabet beads, and alphabet puzzle pieces work just as well. Use what works best!
Are you looking for more sensory bin ideas? I’m so glad you asked!
- Bug Sensory Bin – Friends Art Lab
- Magnetic Apple Sensory Bin – Friends Art Lab
- Pumpkin Oobleck Sensory Bin for Fall – Busy Toddler
- Plant the Trees Sensory Bin – Happy Toddler Playtime
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- Letters – any kind
- Sensory base – ex: rice, oats, pasta, garbanzo beans, sand, etc.
- Large shallow container
- Small bowls – optional
- Pom poms – optional
Fill a shallow container with your sensory base (here I used dyed rice).
Next, add in your letters. Review the names and sounds with your child as you add them in.
WAYS TO PLAY
- Idea 1 – I Spy: Repeat the saying, “I spy with my little eye the letter [letter name],” and invite your child to find it. For children who are still new to letters, don’t begin with all 26 letters as that could be overwhelming, and instead, use a small number to begin.
- Idea 2 – Phonics Match: Say, “I’m looking for the letter that sounds like this [make a letter sound],” and invite your child to find it! When they find it, name words that begin with the same sound.
- Idea 3 – What letter comes after? Name a letter (ex: r) and invite your child to find the letter that comes after (s). Repeat through multiple letters.
- Idea 4 – Beginning letter hunt: Say something like, “I am looking for the first letter in the word [say a word],” and invite your child to figure out the letter, then find it.
- Idea 5 – Let’s spell it: Using simple words, invite your child to find all the letters to spell easy words (ex: cat, sit, hop, tin, fun, etc.).
- Idea 6 – Color sort: If you have letters of different colors (like we had here), invite your child to sort the letters by color.
- Idea 7 – Pom Pom and Letter Sort: Using the same idea as “color sort,” invite your child to add pom poms that match the same colors as your letters and ask them to sort them all.
What are the benefits of the alphabet sensory bin?
When engaging in the activities above, kids are:
- Exploring the sense of touch
- Practicing letter recognition
- Practicing phonics
- Using fine motor skills
- Matching colors
- Exploring reading
- Using problem-solving skills.
Sensory bins are the best.
Whatever the question is, a sensory bin is always the answer (especially an easy one like this).
Alphabet sensory bin will always be a favorite
With many ways to extend learning, an alphabet sensory bin will always stay in style.
Grab your letters and begin your alphabet fun!
Any that can safely use the materials.
Yes! This activity is just as fun in rice as it is in water!
Yes, it’s a literacy and sensory combined (a two for one).