Kick-off the beginning of summer with this picnic-themed Watermelon Alphabet Sensory Bin!
Hands-on activities like this one are a fun way for your preschoolers and kindergarteners to work on learning the ABC’s this summer.
It’s also great for adding more sensory play into your day! Your kids will use their senses as they work on letter recognition, their fine motor skills, and more!
This letter recognition activity is a fun way for pre-readers to practice identifying lowercase and capital letters.
You can have your preschoolers work on one set of letters at a time.
You can also mix the letters together and work on both depending on your children’s letter knowledge.
If your kids know all of the letter names, you can differentiate this activity and have them practice saying the letter sounds.
Getting Ready To Use The Watermelon Letter Sensory Bin:
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- 26 Capital Letter Watermelon Seeds
- 26 Lowercase Letter Watermelon Seeds
- 2 Letter Recording Sheets
- Color the Lowercase Letters
- Color the Capital Letters
What Else Is Needed:
- Plastic Container
- Pink Rice (read below for directions)
- White Card Stock or Copy Paper
- Laminating Pouches
- Bingo Daubers
To get this alphabet activity ready for your preschoolers, click on the button below and fill out the form.
After receiving the email, download and print the seeds and recording sheet that you want to use.
Next, laminate the seeds so your children can use this activity over and over. Then, cut all of them apart.
To make the sensory bin filler, put four cups of white rice into a resealable plastic bag.
Next, add 4 teaspoons of vinegar and pink food coloring. The amount of food coloring you use will depend on how bright you want the color.
Then, seal the bag closed and shake the rice to color it. You can add more food coloring to make it brighter.
After coloring the rice, spread it on a baking sheet that is lined with paper towels.
After the rice dries completely, you can put it in a plastic container and add your seeds.
How to Use the Picnic Alphabet Sensory Bin:
To use this letter recognition activity, your preschoolers will pick a seed out of the sensory bin and identify the letter on it.
If you are using the lowercase or capital letter recording sheets, your kids will then color the letter they picked using dot markers or crayons.
Your children can also cover the letter with a mini eraser, pom pom, button, or other manipulative.
This Watermelon Alphabet Sensory Bin is a fun, hands-on way for preschoolers to practice identifying capital and lowercase letters.
More Alphabet Sensory Bin Activities:
If you are looking for more themed letter sensory bins, click on the links below to learn about these activities!
Construction Alphabet Sensory Bin
Letter B is for Birds Sorting Activity from 3 Boys and a Dog
Sun Letter Recognition Activity
Bubbles and Letter Sensory Bin from Books and Giggles
Strawberry Letter Recognition Activity
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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 ABC Watermelon Sensory Bin Printables:
To get the printables for this resource emailed to you, click on the button below and fill out the form.
Monday 27th of June 2022
Cute learning addition to the Watermelon unit. Thanks so much.
Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers
Saturday 14th of May 2022
Hi, I'm featuring your watermelon sensory bin at "Happiness is Homemade" this Sunday. You can view at southernsunflowers.com tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!