DIY Learning Alphabet Sensory Bottles are easy to make and allow for loads of letter practice. From games to just getting used to the letters, your kid is going to love listening, turning and watching this Alphabet Sensory Bottle.
Sensory bottles are a wonderful way for children to explore their world through their senses. By combining sensory and learning, you can help your child retain what they practice. By creating simple alphabet sensory bottles, you can help your child learn their letters, practice letter sounds and even work on simple spelling.
DIY Alphabet Sensory Bottles
Materials you’ll need (contains affiliate links):
- Empty Water Bottle (personally I like Voss bottled water because you can stand the bottle up on either end)
- Uncooked Rice
- Alphabet Beads
- Super Glue
Yes, that’s really all you need!
- Wash your water bottle
- Remove the labels. (Goo Gone is awesome for getting rid of labels!)
- Fill a small amount with rice. Add some of the alphabet beads. Repeat until you get close to the top.
- Be sure to leave some room in the bottle so the rice and beads can move above the bottle easily.
- Super glue top on. (Some people prefer to glue gun the bottle closed.)
- Have fun!
For babies, the sound of the rice will be a fun effect.
Turn an Alphabet Sensory Bottle Into a Learning Lesson
You can also turn this simple alphabet sensory bottle into a broader learning lesson for your child.
For preschoolers and kindergarteners, here are some ideas you can do with this sensory bottle:
- Turn this bottle into an “I Spy” game. Have them see how many of the letter H they can find.
- Point to a letter and have them say the sound.
- Take turns making a letter sound and having the other person locate the letter.
For early readers:
- Take turns pointing to a letter and making the letter sound. Have the other person say a word that begins with that letter/sound.
- Take turns pointing to a letter and making the letter sound. Have the other person say a word that ends with that letter/sound.
- Locate a vowel and say a word that uses that vowel sound.
- Have the child find 3-letter words among the letter beads.
- See how can make the most 3-letter words. If they’re more advanced, try 4-letter words.
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