Exploring Letters in the Sensory Table

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We have oodles of foam letters (they just seem to multiply!) so my co-teacher decided to put them in our sensory table along with some tongs and little colorful containers for some exploration…

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We set up our classroom so that our 2 and 3 year olds have plenty of interactions with letters. 

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 They begin noticing the letters in their names, their friends names, and then words they encounter in their everyday lives. 

preschool sensory table

They begin recognizing letters and then words in books.

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And so, we provide exposure all over the classroom, such as exploring letters in this sensory table.
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Assorted letters. Assorted colors.

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How many handfuls could fit into a container?

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And then, what 2 year olds do best, pouring the letters out of the sensory table. And because I’ve spent quite a few years with this age group and know that this is part of their development, I add a box lid next to the table so it can collect the letters and they land.

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So much to explore here!

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  1. Awesome! I always love your ideas. Letter sensory bins are the best!

  2. There’s always so many options with letters! Great educational tool! Keep up the awesome activities!

  3. I love the free exploration of this activity. We have these foam letters and my boys love to play with them. One of their favorite things to do is to bury them in dry oatmeal and dig them out with their construction vehicles. Thank you for encouraging play with letters!

    • I love that idea with the oatmeal and construction vehicles. I need to remember that one! We had magnetic letters and construction vehicles in our block area last week. I love mixing literacy in different areas of the room!

  4. This looks so fun! I love all the learning opportunities too. Thanks for sharing. Pinned.

  5. This looks like such a fun way to explore letters! (Wow, look at all those foam letters – maybe they do multiply! lol!)

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