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Picnic Alphabet Sensory Bin

Make learning their ABC’s fun for your preschoolers and kindergarteners this summer with this Picnic Alphabet Sensory Bin!

Summer literacy activities like this one can be used to practice identifying capital and lowercase letter by their shapes and names.

With the free printables, this sensory play activity is easy to set-up and use in any early elementary classroom or homeschool.

alphabet identification activity

Sensory bins are great for young learners to use because they provide a hands-on way to explore different concepts.

With this one, for example, preschoolers and kindergarteners will work on letter recognition, fine motor skills, and more.

Getting Ready to Use the Picnic Letter Sensory Bin:

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What’s Included:

  • 26 Capital Letter Picnic Cards
  • 26 Lowercase Letter Picnic Cards
  • 1 Capital Letter Recording Sheet
  • 1 Lowercase Letter Recording Sheet

What Else Is Needed:

  • White Card Stock Paper
  • White Copy Paper
  • Laminator
  • Laminating Pouches
  • Scissors
  • Sensory Bin
  • Sensory Bin Filler
  • Bingo Daubers or Crayons
  • Small Manipulatives

To get this alphabet identification activity ready for your pre-readers, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

After receiving the email with the printables, download and print the cards on white card stock and the recording sheet on copy paper.

You may want to laminate the cards so your students can use this resource over and over again.

letter search activity

To set up the sensory bin, fill a plastic container or bin with a sensory bin filler such as shredded paper, rice, or noodles.

Then, place the picnic cards in the sensory bin. Finally, make copies of the recording sheets for your kids.

How to Use the Picnic Letter Recognition Activity:

For this letter recognition activity, your young learners will select a picnic card out of the bin and identify the name of the capital or lowercase letter.

Letter Find Activity

Next, they will find the matching letter on the recording sheet and color in the circle using a bingo dauber or crayon. 

Your kids can also cover the letter with a small manipulative like a plastic ant, mini eraser, and pom poms.

find the letter activity

They will then continue to pick cards, identify the letters, and mark them on their recording sheets until they have colored or covered them all. 

To differentiate this activity, your kids find the matching capital and lowercase letters too.

Letter recognition activity

This Picnic Alphabet Sensory Bin is a hands-on way for your preschoolers and kindergarteners to work on letter recognition this summer!

More Summer Literacy Activities:

If you are looking for more summer-themed activities, read these picture books and try these literacy resources.

Summer Books for Kids:

Bring these books on your next picnic to read aloud to your kids and keep them learning all summer long.

The Bears’ Picnic by Stan and Jan Berenstain 

We’re Going on a Picnic! by Pat Hutchins

Picnic!: A Day in the Park by Joan Holub

Summer Literacy Activities for Kids:

With these summer-themed activities, your children can practice letter recognition, beginning sounds, and more.

Picnic Alphabet Mats

Summer Five Senses Games from Books and Giggles

Ice Cream Letter Search Activity

Summer Vocabulary Coloring Pages from Homeschool Preschool

Summer Beginning Sound Puzzles

You May Also Like The Get Ready to Read Summer Camp:

Do you want to prepare your preschoolers for the upcoming school year?

Or, have your kindergarteners review concepts to prevent the summer slide?

This month-long bundle of engaging and educational activities will keep your kids learning this summer.

Click on the picture below to learn more about the “Get Ready to Read Summer Camp.”

Download the Picnic Alphabet Identification Activity:

To get the printables for this picnic alphabet identification activity, fill out the form below with your name and email address.


Tuesday 15th of August 2023

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Tuesday 15th of August 2023

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Saturday 4th of March 2023

Thank you.

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