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.

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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!

If you want additional creative, multi-sensory, and developmentally appropriate activities for helping children learn their letters, you might like to pick up 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet (affiliate). In addition to all the fun activity ideas, it also answers your burning questions about teaching the alphabet, such as…

  • What should my child know about letters at different ages?
  • Do I teach letter names or letter sounds first?
  • Do I teach uppercase letters or lowercase letters first?
  • In what order should I teach the letters?
  • How many letters should I introduce at one time?
  • What letter style should I teach first: print, D’Nealian, or cursive?
  • How do I teach letters that make more than one sound?


Research has found that letter knowledge is the strongest predictor of first year reading achievement. And then, it continues to be an important factor through at least seventh grade. So teaching the alphabet is one of the most important ways to set young children on the road to reading success.


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


  1. You have some great ideas here. Both my kids love to play in the water. They could play in the tub all day long, as long as there are lots of bubbles. I might need to do this letter sensory with them. Thanks for sharing with us all.

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