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Monday, February 16, 2009

Letter Search

For this activity I had this foam alphabet puzzle that I got for 88 cents at Walmart:) and a dish of rice. I popped out all the letters and mixed them in with the rice. I set this up in the sensory tub so Caden already new the rules and everything would stay neat. Here is a picture of how I set this activity up.
We took it outside and started by asking Caden to pick a letter. Once he did I would ask him what the letter was and then tell him the sound. I would then start saying words that started with the letter. Then Caden would find where the letter goes and put it in the puzzle. It was easy to find the letters at first but towards the end he really had to dig and search. This kept his interest all the way through the alphabet and he still wanted to do more:)
Variations
For younger children who aren't working on letters you could put the pieces of any puzzle they have in the rice and have them search around for it.
For an older child you could tell them a letter to search for or just tell them the sound of the letter.
To keep an older child busy you could tell them to find all of the letters in order starting with A and put them in the puzzle.

14 comments:

  1. The rice bowl is brilliant! I will remember this one for our next crazy rainy day.

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  2. Awesome idea! I will defiantly use it!

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  3. We love playing with the colored rice. This is another great idea to use with it! Thanks :)

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  4. I found these letters and can't wait to hide them away in rice at our sensory bin. I know my 4 year old and my preschool class will love it.

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  5. great idea! karen
    sippy cup central mom

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  6. Love, love, love this idea! Sandy K.

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  7. For very little ones use oatmeal instead of rice so they can also 'taste' the adventure!

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  8. I have done something similar to this, where I would bury the letters to a word found in a book we had recently read, and the student would have to find the letters and then spell the word. Very popular activity!!

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  9. *knew

    He already knew the rules.

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  10. I like using unpopped popcorn, easier to clean up.

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  11. This is really cute!!!! My kindergarten class will love this!!! Going to walmart now!!!!

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  12. IM BLURRY FURRY AND LOVE WORDS AND GAMES FOR ME AND KUDS

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  13. I found this post on Pinterest and was inspired to try it with my son. We did a slight variation of it where he hunted for the letter puzzle pieces inside of a ball pit instead of a tub of rice. Still a great sensory experience and fun review of the alphabet. Thanks for sharing!

    http://suzyhomeschooler.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/alphabet-hunt-in-the-ball-pit/

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