We’re having so much fun thinking of fun ways to play with reinforcing our knowledge of the alphabet. Last time, we did a alphabet match pond sensory bin and today we’re making Alphabet Soup!
Sensory play is a wonderful way to provide children with integrative learning opportunities because sensory play stimulates our brains in a very different way than regular learning does.
Water play in particular is a great, calming sensory activity that can allow anxious learners to remain calm during stimulating learning activities. Some people have even started calling it “sensory soup.”
Alphabet Soup Sensory Play
First, gather your materials:
- Large stockpot
- Several jugs of water
- Alphabet pieces
- Kitchen tray (or nearby table)
- Ladles, scoops, spoons
- 2 bowls
Because my background is in Montessori, I used my moveable alphabet letters, but a package of letter magnets or foam letters would work well – just make sure they fit in the ladles provided and don’t stick (the water should help prevent that).
Also, while I presented this activity to my daughter in a large stock pot, a water table would still work great for this activity.
The first activity we did with our alphabet soup was sort the letters into upper case and lower case – I’ll share other ways to play below.
The first challenge was scooping just one letter out of the water at a time. This is a great dexterity practice as children learn to maneuver the ladle differently and respond quickly to what they are seeing (hand-eye coordination).
Next, ask the child to name the letter and then determine if it is an upper case or a lower case letter.
Have them place the letter in the appropriate bowl (one bowl for upper case and one for lower case).
Continue until you have two brimming bowls of Alphabet Soup! (I love how visually rewarding this is, and the pretend play aspect can work wonders for reluctant learners.)
More Ways to Play
You can use this alphabet soup idea to reinforce other alphabet concepts, such as:
- “like letters”
- numbers versus letters
- gathering words (like an Alphabet Soup Scrabble)
How do you use sensory bins in your learning centers?
More Alphabet Fun
Looking for more fun ways to learn the alphabet? Check out some of our favorites activities and resources below!