Lately, Mr. Q has been interested in everything ABC. To help engage him in play we have been trying out a variety of different alphabet games. This Alphabet Excavation Sensory Bin has been one of our favorite ABC kids’ games so far!
Making this bin did require some planning. This is not a throw together and go last minute activity. For our particular mold that I used we needed to repeat the freezing process 3 times in order to get enough ABC ice cubes to keep the kids busy. Because of this, I started freezing our ABC balls 2 days before we actually played with this. That said, I am a scatter brain and this could probably be accomplished quicker.
How to Make an ABC Excavation Sensory Bin
- Ice Ball Mold
- ABC Beads
- Shallow Plastic Bin
- Plastic Ramekins
- Fine Motor Tools and Toys for Exploring
- Salt/ Water
glacio Combo Silicone Ice Cube Trays – Sphere Ice Ball & Large Square Ice Cube MoldsRoylco R2186 Lowercase Manuscript Letter Beads (Pack of 288)Rubbermaid Antimicrobial Drain Board Large, ClearBlack 2 oz. Smooth Plastic Ramekin , Set of 48 (4 dozen)Sugarman Candy Clear Plastic Tongs, 6 1/2-Inch, 2 Packs of 4 PiecesLearning Resources Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set
- Fill ice trays with ABC Beads and freeze. Repeat 2-3 times.
- Add toys and ice cubes to the sensory bin. Fill ramekins with salt and water.
My kids were so excited to play!
In no time at all they were pointing out letters and exploring the different tools that were available to them.
They were working together as a team, discussing what was working and what wasn’t.
They even had a competition to see who could free the most letters first. And who could spell a word first.
They tried picks…
They had an absolute blast!