These 20 alphabet sensory play ideas are a fun way to help preschool and kindergarten age kids learn their letters while having fun!
Sensory play is a great, hands on, way for kids to engage with the alphabet and practice letter recognition and letter writing. Using all the senses, and especially the sense of touch, really gets the kids involved and can be a great tool for little ones who are struggling with letter learning. Plus, alphabet sensory play is lots of fun!
Try some of these alphabet sensory play ideas with your kids today.
A is for apple sauce.
Writing letters in apple sauce from Gift of Curiosity.
This is a really quick, easy, and delicious letter learning activity!
B is for bubbles.
Bubbles and letters sensory play from Books and Giggles.
This activity is easy to set up and there are lots of ideas for letter learning included.
C is for cooking.
Alphabet soup from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds.
Cook up some of this ABC soup with your kids.
D is DIY
Easy DIY alphabet chips from Nerdy Mamma.
Make these simple tactile letters for lots of hands on letter learning.
E is for eruptions.
ABC eruptions from Learn Play Imagine.
How awesome are these fizzing erupting letters!?
F is for flowers.
Alphabet flower sensory bin from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds.
I love the letter stones used in this sensory tub.
G is for glow in the dark.
Glow in the dark sensory sink letter hunt from Still Playing School.
How much fun is this glow in the dark letter hunt!?!?
H is for hide and seek!
Shaving cream hide and seek letters from Little Bins for Little Hands.
What a fun messy sensory activity!
I is for invisible.
Simple sensory bin using invisible letters from And Next Comes L
This is such a clever way to make ‘invisible’ letters and a great sensory bin idea.
J is for jello.
ABC jello sensory play from Busy Toddler.
This is super squishy and jiggly alphabet activity!
K is for kinetic sand.
Kinetic sand alphabet hunt from Fun Learning For Kids.
Kinetic sand is so fun to play with, you could also stamp letters into it, or write letters with a stick.
L for light box.
Alphabet cups on the light box from The Imagination Tree.
This looks so cool, and there is a link to make a DIY light box in this article too.
M is for magnetic.
Magnetic letter sensory bin from ABCs of Literacy.
These magnet wands are so much fun in a sensory bin, what a great way to learn letters!
N is for no-mess
I-spy letters in the sky sensory bag from Teach me Mommy.
This is a great ‘no mess’ sensory activity to try if your kids don’t like getting their hands dirty.
O is for ocean.
Ocean theme alphabet shells sensory bin from Pre-K Pages.
What a great idea to use shells for each letter!
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P is for playdough.
Free alphabet playdough mats from 123 Homeschool 4 Me.
Print out these free playdough mats and make some homemade playdough ready to practice your letters.
Q is for quick.
Quick and easy washing the letter dishes activity from Growing Book by Book.
This is such a clever idea and so quick and easy to do.
R is for rainbow.
Rainbow chickpeas and alphabet cookie cutter invitation to play from And Next Comes L.
Dyed chickpeas are a great sensory tub filler, they look awesome in this simple alphabet sensory tub.
S is for slime.
Sight words slime from Steam Powered Family.
Slimey letter learning!
T is for tactile.
DIY tactile letters from Childhood101.
Make these cool tactile letters with your kids then try out some of the leaning activities.
U is for ‘under construction’
Alphabet construction bin from Teaching 2 and 3 year olds.
If you have kids who like trucks and building, this ‘under construction’ alphabet activity is sure to interest them.
V is for vinegar.
Baking soda and vinegar fizzing letters from Fun A Day.
Vinegar and baking soda are the magic ingredients that make these letters fizz!
W is for water.
Alphabet bead water play from NurtureStore.
This is a quick and easy activity to set up and lots of fun for all ages.
X is for X marks the spot!
Three sensory activities for explore the letter X from Mosswood Connections.
The X marks the spot sensory sand activity looks like so much fun!
Y is for yum.
Yummy soft pretzel letters from What Do We Do All Day?
Try making some yummy pretzel letters. You could make the letters in your name, or try making the whole alphabet!
Z is for zoo.
Alphabet zoo sensory bin from Happy Toddler Play Time.
Find the animals that match the letters in this fun zoo themed sensory bin.
Whether it is water play, a sensory tub, messy play, or mess-free play, there is an alphabet sensory play idea to suit everyone.
Which one is your favorite?