Alphabet Adventure: Alphabet Party Sensory Bin

Inspired by the book Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood, this Alphabet Party sensory bin is guaranteed to liven up any preschool lesson on learning letters!

Alphabet Adventure is the story of a lowercase alphabet trying to get to the first day of school. When little i loses his dot, all of the letters must help him find it or they will never make it on time! While they’re in search of the dot, they come upon the capital letters having a party. This fun part of the story inspired our Alphabet Party sensory bin.

Alphabet Party sensory bin for preschool
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Sensory play is incredibly beneficial to preschoolers, who thrive from hands on experiences. Creating a sensory bin is an easy way to provide an opportunity to touch and explore different textures and shapes.

Alphabet Adventure party sensory bin

Preparation

To create an Alphabet Party sensory bin, you will need:

  • Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood
  • Large shallow bin (I used a plastic under bed style box.)
  • Shredded paper (I used 1 bag of translucent and 1 bag of silver gift bag filler.)
  • Assorted confetti (Be sure to include dots!)
  • Foam letters

You can add in any other party supplies that you have. Our bin included some party horns and plastic beads left from New Year’s!

Alphabet sensory Bin

Play!

We began our play by reading the book Alphabet Adventure. We talked about all the different places that little i’s dot could hide and we tried to find the dot on each page. Then I brought out the Alphabet Party sensory bin and invited my boys to explore.

At first I just allowed them free time to explore the different textures and shapes in the bin. They loved digging their hands in the paper and trying to use the party horns as shovels.

alphabet party sensory

After some free play, I asked them to help find specific letters in the bin. This was great practice for them as they are just beginning letter recognition. Older children can have fun trying to spell words from the letters in the bin.

I also asked them to try to find the dots in the box – just like we searched for little i’s dot in the book!

alphabet adventure sensory bin

The Alphabet Party sensory bin is a wonderful activity that can be used in a number of different ways, from open ended exploration to letter recognition to word formation. We really enjoyed making it and have had even more fun playing with it!

BIO: Laura is a mom to twin boys and the author of Sunny Day Family, where she shares fun activities and easy organizing tips. She has a passion for early literacy and all things kids’ books! Connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Physical Science Books for Preschool

Good science books are hard to find, especially books that explain things in a way that is easy for young children to understand.

Here’s a list of my favorite age-appropriate books to help you teach physical science concepts to your preschool or kindergarten kids.

25 Physical Science Books for Preschool

Life Science Books for Preschoolers

1. 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle – 10 little rubber ducks overboard! Get swept away on a high-seas voyage of discovery with 10 little rubber ducks as they float to every part of the world. They all find adventure, but one duck finds something very special!

2. A Look at Magnets by Barbara Alpert – Magnets stick to your refrigerator. Magnets make paperclips jump. Find out the facts on magnets.

3. A Nest Is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston – From tiny bee hummingbird nests to orangutan nests high in the rainforest canopy, an incredible variety of nests are showcased here in all their splendor.

4. All about Matter by Mari Schuh – It’s everywhere. It’s a solid, a liquid, or a gas.

5. Floating and Sinking by Amy Hansen – Examines factors, such as density and shape, that determine whether a material will float or sink in water.

6. Floating and Sinking by Karen Bryant-Mole

7. Guess Whose Shadow? by Stephen R. Swinburne – Introduces children to the basics of shadows. Go on a shadow hunt, playing a game called “Guess Whose Shadow?,” in which young ones will discover there’s more to shadows than first meets the eye.

8. Hot and Cold by Sian Smith – Young readers are shown fun and familiar examples of hot and cold things and quized on their ability to identify things that are hot or cold.

Preschool Science Books About Hot and Cold
9. Light: Shadows, Mirrors, and Rainbows by Natalie Rosinsky – Learn about light, and discover how to make reflections, shadows, and rainbows.

10. Magnet Max by Monica Lozano Hughes – Magnet Max loves experimenting with magnets. He knows all about how they work and loves using them to attract new types of things. But when he shows them to his friend Nick, the other boy is baffled. Will magnets stick to a paperclip? A refrigerator? A horse? How do they work, anyway? It must be magic!

11. Magnets Push, Magnets Pull by Mark Weakland – Can a magnet really crush a car? How do magnets stick to the fridge without tape or glue? Discover the wonder and science of magnets.

12. Magnets: Pulling Together, Pushing Apart by Natalie Rosinsky – Compasses and magnetite, magnetic poles and motors – learn about how magnets affect our lives.

13. Matter: See It, Touch It, Taste It, Smell It by Darlene Stille – The states of matter (solids, liquids, and gases) are explained and demonstrated. Includes an experiment to try.

14. Mickey’s Magnet by Crockett Johnson

15. Moonbear’s Shadow by Frank Asch – One sunny day Bear decides to go fishing, but his shadow keeps scaring the fish away, time and time again. Bear tries everything he can think of to get rid of this pesky nuisance. And at last he succeeds—or so he thinks!

16. Shadows and Reflections by Tana Hoban – Shadows and reflections are all around us — under our feet, over our heads, directly in front of us.

Books About Magnets for Preschool

17. Solids, Liquids, and Gases by Carol K. Lindeen – Text and photographs introduce matter, solids, liquids, and gases.

18. Sound: Loud, Soft, High, and Low by Natalie Rosinsky – Sound is created through vibrations that vary in pitch and volume. This creates sound-waves that you can hear. Includes experiments.

19. Sounds All Around by Wendy Pfeffer – Sounds are all around us. Clap your hands, snap your fingers: You’re making sounds. Read and find out how people and animals use different kinds of sounds to communicate.

20. Temperature: Heating Up and Cooling Down by Darlene Stille – A temperature can be hot or cold, and can be measured by a thermometer. Use Fahrenheit or Celsius to take the temperature of items.

21. What Can Magnets Do? by Allan Fowler

22. What Is Sound? by Charlotte Guillain – Can you hear a whistle from a long way away?

23. What Makes a Magnet? by Franklyn M. Branley – Will a magnet pick up a paper clip or a feather? The answer is, just the paper clip. Magnets only pick up things that contain bits of iron. Hands-on activities include making a magnet and compass.

Preschool Science Books About Sound
24. Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen – Beside the sea, there once lived a cow, a donkey, a sheep, a pig, and a tiny little mouse. One warm, sunny morning–for no particular reason–they decided to go for a row in the bay. Do you know who sank the boat?

25. Who Will See Their Shadows This Year? by Jerry Pallotta – It’s February 2 and all the animals are tired of winter. But why should the groundhog always be famous for seeing his shadow? Who else wants to try? A chicken? A polar bear? A camel?

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Go on a Flag Hunt

It’s summer and time for lots of fun. You can also include some fun learning in your summer plans. Since July 4 is coming, here’s an activity that can get your preschoolers talking about the American flag and can develop some literacy skills, too.

Go on a flag hunt for preschool
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Go on a Flag Hunt

Walk around your neighborhood or drive around your town. Encourage your child to look for places that are flying the American flag. You may want to have a small flag for your child to hold and use for comparison.

go on American flag hunt
You can find flags in lots of different places. I found flags at the post office, police station, library, courthouse, and elementary school. I also found flags at stores, restaurants, houses, parks, and apartment buildings. Once you start looking, you can find them everywhere!

Stop and take pictures of the places you find. (You can include your child/family in the picture or just take a photo of the building and flag.)

If you cannot take trips with your child around the neighborhood or town, take photos beforehand. “Hide” the pictures around the room or house. (Tape them to walls or furniture.) Invite kids to go on a flag hunt and find the pictures. Point to the flag in each picture.

homemade American flag book for preschool

Make a Flag Book

Use your photos to make a book about the flag. Print the pages on heavyweight paper. Print the name of the place or building on the page. Punch holes along the side or top of the pages. Bind your book in one of these ways:

  • Insert a brad in each hole and press the ends down on the back of the book.
  • Insert a binder ring in each hole and close.
  • Thread a chenille craft stem through each hole and twist ends together.
  • Insert the pages in a small notebook or binder.
  • Staple the pages together. (You will not need to punch holes.) However, stapling makes it difficult to add to the book. The other binding methods allow you to add more pages whenever you choose.

books about American Flag

Read Books About Flags

Place your book with other books about the flag. Here are some books I found at my library.

  • World Book’s Encyclopedia of Flags, Volume 10
  • Red, White, and Blue: The Story of the American Flag by John Herman
  • The American Flag by Patricia Ryon Quiri
  • The Star Spangled Banner by Liz Sonneborn

A search on book-selling sites brings lots of other possibilities as well.

After reading books, provide paper and crayons or markers. Kids can draw pictures of other places that have flags (such as the moon). Punch holes and add the drawings to you book.

You may want to use picture books about community locations where flags fly (such as the police station, fire station, school, or post office). You could add this flag activity to a community helpers theme, too.

American flag

BIO: Scott Wiley, an early childhood educator for 30 years, is editor for Pre-K Pages. He also blogs at Brick by Brick, exploring the connection between play and learning. Read along on his summer reading series. Connect with Scott on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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