Bubbles & Letters Sensory Play – Tips & Tricks

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.

How to set up sensory play with bubbles and foam letters - a fun way to motivate preschoolers to learn their 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.

Just bubbles!
(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! 

How to set up sensory play with bubbles and foam letters - a fun way to motivate preschoolers to learn their letters.


You may like to read one of these other Books and Giggles posts on learning the ABCs: 

Easy DIY Letter Sound Rings (this is one of my favorites!)

ABC Cards: Montessori Inspired Multisensory Learning

For a wide variety of other ideas on a “bubbles” theme, you may like to read one of these posts: 


Find the Letter B is for Bubbles from 3 Boys and a Dog
Bubble Frames from Brain Power Boy
Blowing Bubbles with Household Objects from Playground Parkbench
Bubble Science Experiment from Pre-K Pages
Bubble Wrap Gross Motor Play from Schooling a Monkey
Bubble Painting from Play & Learn Every Day
Circle Time Bubble Songs from Parenting Chaos
Learning about Bubbles from Our Daily Craft
Bubble Sunflower Art Activity from Preschool Powol Packets
DIY Bubble Wands from CraftCreateCalm
Bubble Counting Play Dough Mats from Simple Fun for Kids

{Free Printables} Under The Sea Bubbles ABC Matching Game from Play Dough & Popsicles

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