Alphabet Soup Water Play

I don't know about you, but my little monsters love nothing more than water play! Although I always feel like it must get boring just some plain old water, some rubber ducks and a couple of boats! So I have been trying to think up activities that we can incorporate into the water tray.  Then I remembered a programme I used to watch on TV and kids used to swim around a big bowl of cereal fishing out letters and thought this would be a really fun premise for this alphabet soup activity.


What You Need:
Water tray (or a bowl) 
Magnetic or foam Letters
Ladle 
Small Bowls 

Set up your invitation to play and put a basket of small bowls and ladel's to the side to be used as and when they are wanted.

We talked about letter sounds, thought of matching words, and we added some glitter etc when they were getting bored to give it an extra oomph, we also used the white board to write different words on to match letters too as an extension. 





Have you tried to introduce letters and sounds to your toddlers and preschoolers? I'd love to hear your ideas!

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14 comments:

  1. How is this Becky! I love it, I'm sure Olivia will have fun with this. Thanks for sharing. xx

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    1. Thanks lovely, share a pic on my Facebook wall if you do get around to doing it!

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  2. What a great way to encourage kids to recognise the letters and become familiar with their shape. I am sure there would also be lots of useful discussion going on at the same time. Thanks for sharing and hosting #toddlerapprovedtuesday

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  3. Great idea! Love that it incorporated messy water play as well! Thanks for hosting #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

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  4. I still need to get my toddler a set of magnetic letters! This looks like a great toddler activity. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. We got these from Poundland (2 sets, 1 upper case and 1 lower case) so inexpensive and a great learning tool!

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  5. Love this, what a great idea, will be pining this for use in the next 6 months or so :) thank you for sharing #toddlerapprovedtuesday

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  6. This has been on my (ever growing) List of things to try as well. G would love it as she's starting to spell out words.

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  7. This looks great Becky! Good idea to get them used to spelling their names out and recognising letters. :) x

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  8. This is really clever...I'm always worried about excessive amounts of mess with my toddler as he's chaos personified but I do think he'd really enjoy this activity and so might try for an outdoors, sunny-day activity! It would also be great for my school-age daughter to help encourage him as an extension on her reading and writing homework. #toddlerapprovedtuesday

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  9. This is great! I am trying to introduce letters and sounds to my 3 year old and she really enjoys it but I can't take any credit as she seems to be learning most of it at nursery!

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  10. This is brilliant! #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

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  11. This is one of my favourite sensory activities you've done. Such a fantastic idea. Thanks for hosting xx #toddlerapprovedtuesday

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  12. Such a fun way to encourage the little ones to learn as they learn best though play :-) x

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