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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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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