My little man is absolutely obsessed with Paw Patrol. Like he is a walking ad for the show level of obsessed. His favorite pup this week is Everest who has gone on many missions with him into the snowy wonderland that is our backyard. This Letter Recognition Snow Search came to be in an attempt to channel some of his rescue mission passion into a fun indoor learning activity.
A blizzard has buried all 26 letters and they are all trapped under the snow fall. Rescue each letter (and identify them) so they can get back home to their puzzle board!
Items Needed for a Letter Recognition Snow Search
- Plastic or Foam Letters from a Puzzle (buy here)
- Fine Motor Tools (buy here)
- Sensory Bin (buy here)
- Snow (or you can make your own snow)
**I would avoid using a wooden puzzle if using wet snow. We found our plastic puzzle for less than $5 at Walmart. If you would like to use a wooden puzzle for this bin check out this sensory snow recipe that is not wet.
How to Play
For this sensory bin we used this simple trick to make snow that would not melt but is still wet. I didn’t know how long this activity would take Meatball and honestly just did not want a huge water mess in the kitchen. Set up was simple, pour the fake snow into our bin, set up a tray underneath to catch any mess with some fine motor tools, and pour our letters in.
Then mix it real good and let your kiddos dig in!
The snow made the plastic letters slightly slippery which provided a great fine motor challenge for Meatball.
He struggled not to use both hands to rescue the letters!
Once he successfully uncovered a letter he cleaned it off and examined it.
Then set it off to the side. Once the letter made it to the tray Meatball attempted to identify the letter and pronounce the phonetic sound.
He has been making huge progress in this area and I couldn’t be prouder of him!