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Shark Alphabet Sensory Bin

Are your kids learning the ABC’s this summer? Grab the free printables for this Shark Alphabet Sensory Bin! It’s a “jaw-some” way to learn!

This sensory play activity is a hands-on way for your young learners to practice identifying capital and lowercase letters.

You can add it to your Ocean unit, use it on Shark Awareness Day, or set it up for a fun learning activity on a hot summer day!

ocean alphabet activity

Letter recognition is an important skill for kids to learn in preschool and kindergarten.

Although letter recognition can be taught with flashcards and worksheets, research has shown that hands-on activities are more effective.

Not only are they more fun, but also help to reinforce the concepts and skills that children are learning and developing.

Activities like this one can be easily differentiated to meet the needs of individual learners too.

Getting Ready to Use the Shark Letter Recognition Activity:

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What’s Included:

  • 26 Capital Letter Shark Cards
  • 26 Lowercase Letter Shark 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 letter recognition activity ready for your kids, click on the button below and fill out the form.

Next, download and print the shark cards on white card stock and the recording sheet on copy paper.

You may want to laminate the shark cards so your students can reuse this activity every year.

sensory play 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 shark cards in the sensory bin. Finally, make copies of the recording sheets for your children.

How to Use the Shark Letter Sensory Bin:

For this alphabet identification activity, your kids will pick a shark card out of the bin and say the name of the capital or lowercase letter on it.

letter search activity

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

Letter find activity

Your children can also cover the letter with a small manipulative like a ocean mini eraser, pom pom, or counter.

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

Letter recognition activity

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

More Ocean Literacy Activities:

To extend this ocean-themed activity, you can pair it with these picture books and other literacy resources.

Ocean Books for Kids:

Read these fiction and non-fiction books to your young learners to teach them all about oceans.

The Fascinating Ocean Book for Kids: 500 Incredible Facts! by Bethanie Hestermann 

Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae

Where the Ocean Meets the Sand by Beth Costanzo

Ocean Literacy Activities for Kids:

With these ocean-themed activities, your children can work on different literacy concepts and fine motor skills.

Ocean Letter Find Activity

World Ocean Day Cutting Practice from 3 Boys and a Dog

Shark Letter Recognition Activity

Ocean Handwriting Printables from Crystal and Comp

Ocean Visual Discrimination Clip Cards

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Download the Shark Letter Recognition Resource:

To get the printables for this shark letter recognition activity, click on the button below and fill out the form.