We're just starting to go through the alphabet in our at-home preschool by learning about all sorts of things that begin with the letter A. We're learning about apples, ants, airplanes, alligators, and our own name. To help with name recognition, I made this simple sensory bin for my youngest to use all week.
This Name Recognition Sensory Bin was a great way for her to get familiar with the letters in her name and help her learn to spell it. It's so important for kids to be able to recognize and spell their name before kindergarten and this is a fun way for kids to develop that skill.
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I started with a shoebox-sized plastic bin with a lid. That way when we're not playing with it, we can close it up securely. I then filled it with a variety of dried beans. I had several already-opened bags of beans in my cupboard, so I filled it with black beans, red beans, lentils, and split peas. I liked the variety of colors and plan on using this for several other sensory bins I have planned.
AJ spent a long time playing with her bin. She ran her fingers through it. Hid all the letters under the beans, and spent a very long time scooping and pouring. We also worked together to spell her name with all the different letters in the bin.
Some playful learning ideas:
Sort the letters into piles of like letters
Try to spell your name using different types of letters.
Close your eyes and pull out a letter. What letter did you pull?
Do you like to make sensory bins? How do your children play with them?
For more fun ideas for your preschooler, please see:
Ready for Kindergarten Book Study: Name Recognition
Go Outside: Shape Hopscotch
Rhythm and Number Rhymes
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