We’ve been doing lots of fun alphabet activities lately due to the fact that my almost 2-year-old son, SD, has shown great interest in the alphabet. He loves discovering letters all over the place and just recently started to say all of his letters of the alphabet! We learned about the letter A and how apple starts with A with A is for Apple Prints, we did a full alphabet review with the Alphabet Apple Picking Sensory Table and had fun finding letters while playing with the Hidden Letter Icy Sensory Bin. This time we had fun watching letters mysteriously appear on paper circles!
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In three containers pour a small amount of water. Drop a few drops of food coloring into each container, stirring the dye into the water. Take a piece of paint paper and cut out twenty six circles. On each circle write one letter of the alphabet. I set these items up on one cookie sheet and left the other cookie sheet open to allow the circles to dry when they were done. Now it’s ready!
How They Played
I was so surprised that my son, SD, wasn’t immediately drawn to the activity. My daughter, SN, went right over and started throwing the circles into the dye. She was surprised to see that there were letters on each circle when they were pulled out! Eventually SD noticed the letters but was a little hesitant to put his hands into the water.
At some point the blue and the red dye were mixed together creating purple. This gave the letters lots of fun color variety! Especially since SN began dipping already dyed circles into the purple dye.
It was only a matter of time before this activity became purely a sensory experience. All of the water eventually got poured out onto the cookie sheet and they were exploring it with their hands. Definitely needed a bath after this one!
If you are worried about the food coloring dying your kid’s skin you can use tongs to remove the circles from the water. It would also add a new fine-motor element to the activity. The food coloring did dye my kids’ skin but it was all off within twenty-four hours. I wasn’t too worried about it. Oh! And definitely put your kids in clothes that you don’t care about!
Once all of the letters dried on the cookie sheet we glued the letters in alphabetical order onto a piece of colored card stock.
This would be a fun preschool or kindergarten activity! For a large group of students you would need to cut out a lot of white circles. Write the letters on each of the circles and have them place them into a large sensory bin with small containers of dyed water. Then the kids could search for each letter that they need to create their own alphabet! It might be a better idea to have this be a group activity, each group collecting their own alphabet.
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