The other day I was browsing the pasta aisle of my grocery store (because pasta is a preschooler’s best friend), and I came across this bag of alphabet pasta for only 50 cents! I had to have it. Well, I had to have six of them to be exact…four for an alphabet sensory bin and two for actual eating 😉 Four bags wouldn’t be enough to fill our typical sensory tub, but when mixed with our rice bin it would be perfect for adding alphabet recognition fun into our regular playtime!

Make a preschool sensory bin with a fun literacy component! This Alphabet sensory bin is perfect for learning and fun!

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Materials for the Alphabet Sensory Bin:

  • Rice
  • Alphabet Pasta
  • Tongs
  • Small Bowls
  • Food Coloring

First you’ll want to dye your alphabet pasta (I have a simple method to dye rice or pasta using hand sanitizer and food coloring here). I chose to leave the rice in our bin un-dyed so that the alphabet letters would really stand out.

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Make a preschool sensory bin with a fun literacy component! This Alphabet sensory bin is perfect for learning and fun!

I put the sensory bin on a mat to keep everything neat. This way, any rice/pasta that spills over could be easily poured back into the bin!

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Make a preschool sensory bin with a fun literacy component! This Alphabet sensory bin is perfect for learning and fun!

The itty-bitty alphabet letters are about the same size as the rice, and they *almost* went unnoticed by my preschoolers…

Make a preschool sensory bin with a fun literacy component! This Alphabet sensory bin is perfect for learning and fun!

…but upon closer inspection my kids realized the alphabet surprise mixed into the bin and were ecstatic to play!

Make a preschool sensory bin with a fun literacy component! This Alphabet sensory bin is perfect for learning and fun!

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They made me delicious servings of word cake, letter lattes, and of course alphabet soup! Searching for letters through the bin of rice provided great fine motor practice, and using the scooping tools was an awesome way to work on pre-scissor skills!

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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