Sensory play can be an engaging way to get kids interested in learning their ABCs. This post shares tips on how to set up a fun activity with bubbles and foam letters.
Bubbles & Letters Sensory Play
For letters, I used our foam bathtub letters. We have had this kind
(affiliate) since my oldest was about three. They’ve held up well, and my girls still play with them regularly.
But we’ve never played with them anywhere but the bathtub. We’re often rushed at bath time these days, so I thought it would be fun to bring them down to the kitchen for some sensory play with bubbles.
To get maximum bubbles with less mess, here’s a trick:
- Squirt dish soap into a large pot or container, then fill it with water using the sprayer in your kitchen sink to get maximum bubbles.
- Then, using your hands, skim off just the bubbles and transfer them to the sensory play bin.
This way there isn’t a lot of water sloshing around in the bottom of the bin.
(I think the bubbles may also last longer this way, but I didn’t test out my theory.)
Letter Learning Ideas
Introduce the bin by talking about some of these letter learning concepts:
- Name unfamiliar letters
- Ask if they can find familiar letters
- Find the letter “B” and talk about “B” is the first sound in “bubbles”
- Search for the letters in the child’s name
- Talk about the colors of each letter
Be sure not to spend too much time talking. There should be plenty of time for open ended play too.
Sensory play with bubbles and letters should be lots and lots of fun!
For a wide variety of other ideas on a “bubbles” theme, you may like to read one of these posts: