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Sensory Letters

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Supplies
  • Pie Tin / Paper Plate
  • Cornmeal / Sand / Flour

Sensory play supports early learning by building connections in the brain. Combining alphabet practice with tactile experience will help reinforce letter recognition.

Setup:
  1. Pour just enough cornmeal into the pie tin to cover the bottom.
  2. Use your finger to trace letters in the cornmeal.
Age Adjustments:
  • Younger Children:
    • Say a letter aloud, and ask your child draw it.
    • Work on phonics: Make a letter sound, and ask your child to draw the letter that makes the sound.
  • Older Children:
    • Tell your child a word, and ask them to draw the letter with which it starts.
    • Make it more challenging: Ask your child to draw the letter with which the word ends.

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