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Magnetic Letter Sensory Bin

One of the best ways for kids to learn the letters of the alphabet is through engaging, hands-on activities.  This Magnetic Letter Sensory Bin is a fun, sensory activity that will help your pre-readers work on learning the ABC’s and much more.


Magnetic Letter Sensory Bin

This activity should be used under adult supervision.

Magnetic Letter Sensory Bin For Learning The Alphabet:

This interactive alphabet activity can be easily set-up in any early childhood classroom, homeschool, or childcare center. It’s a simple way to add more sensory play into your day!


What Is A Sensory Bin?

A sensory bin is a container or tub filled with material and objects that will stimulate your children’s senses.


Sensory bin filler can be any kind of material such as water beads, sand, or shredded paper that kids can explore.


Play activities like these are also a fun, hands-on way to learn other concepts such as letter recognition, sight words, and more. 


Magnetic Letter Sensory Bin


Getting Ready To Use The Magnetic Letter Sensory Bin:

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What’s Included:

  • Capital Letter Recording Sheet
  • Lowercase Letter Recording Sheet


What Else Is Needed:



To set-up this alphabet activity for your kids, fill a sensory bin with any kind of sensory filler such as water beads, colored rice, dried beans, or pom poms.


Next, add the letter magnets to the sensory bin and mix them with the filler. I updated the printable recording sheet to include a lowercase letter version but have kept the original in the file.


After clicking on the pencil below, download and print the recording sheet that will work best for your students. 


Letter Recognition Activity


How To Use The Magnetic Letter Sensory Bin:

For this letter recognition activity, your kids will use a wand magnet to pull a letter magnet out of the sensory bin.


Next, they will say the name of the letter and find it on the recording sheet. Your kids will then color the letter on the printable to match the color of the magnet.


For example, if your child pulls a purple D out of the sensory bin then he would color the letter D purple on the letter worksheet. 


Alphabet Sensory Bin


For another way to play, you can place the printable on a cookie sheet. Instead of coloring, your kids can place the letter magnets on top of the printable and stick them to the cookie sheet.


Visual Discrimination Activity


How Can This Learning Activity Be Extended?

Reading alphabet books is always a fun way for children to learn and practice letter recognition.  Some of our favorite alphabet books are Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!


Turn this letter recognition activity into a science lesson by teaching your kids about magnets. They can learn by reading books like Magnets: Pulling Together and Pushing Apart by Nataile M. Rosinsky and simply playing with different types of magnets.


This Magnetic Letter Sensory Bin is a fun, hands-on letter recognition activity for pre-readers. This sensory activity is also a great way for your kids to develop their fine motor skills too. 



Pin It For Later:

Do you want to save this letter activity for later? Pin this to your alphabet board on Pinterest and it’ll be here for when you’re ready!


Magnetic Letter Sensory Bin


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More Sensory Bin Activities:

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Build a Scarecrow Sensory Bin from 3 Boys and a Dog

Strawberry Math Sensory Bin from Homeschool Preschool


Download The Freebie:

Click on the pencil below to download and print the free letter recognition printable!

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