Summer is the perfect time to play with sand and seashells. It also doubles as a sensory play idea as well as a fun way to play in general. This alphabet sensory activity is easy to make and provides an engaging learning opportunity for your young learner. An important part to include when working on developmental skills is ensuring you have extra fun while you're at it.
Scroll down for directions and be sure to grab the downloadable seashells. You'll be having a blast with these sensory activities in no time. Often, they can help with development of fine motor skills too. What better way to grow and develop than with fun sensory play?
Alphabet Sensory Activity Supplies
- Wooden Tray
- Colored Sand
- Paint Brush
Paint a wooden tray with yellow paint or any color of your choosing.
Allow the paint to dry completely.
Stir glitter into colored sand and then add the sand to the wooden tray. If you can’t find colored sand, you can use food coloring to dye regular sand.
Print these seashell-themed letter and sight word cards. Cut them out and laminate them for longer use. Your kids will love this fun alphabet sensory activity.
Invite your little ones to use their fingers to draw letters and words in the sand. This activity is the perfect combination of fine motor and literacy. The alphabet activity component can specifically help young learners memorize their alphabet letters and help associate them with letter sounds. It's also the perfect way to learn simple and new sight words like ‘no' and ‘yes'. They are sure to master the letters of the alphabet in no time.
This is also a great way to ensure little learners are having fun while also developing important skills. Another great idea is that you can also create a beach-themed simple sensory bin. In a sense, it's similar to this sensory area you're already creating but you can add more to it like a shovel and toy sea animals. You could even introduce water play. A fine motor activity like this will keeps kids busy for a long time and they'll have so much fun while they're at it.
Have you tried this fun activity with younger children? Have you tried other sensory bin activities before as well? I'd love to hear more about your experiences for sensory bin ideas. Let me know down in the comments below. I'm always open to learning about a new easy activity or a fun game that can help young children develop their skills.
If you are looking for more summer and ocean activities that lead to learning fun, we have you covered. Click here to learn how to make an ocean sensory tub. Young learners would also love to create any of these summer crafts that also include writing pages.