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In honor of Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss' birthday, I made a colorful alphabet sensory bin for the kids based on the book Dr. Seuss's ABC. It has been SO much fun!!
I dyed some alphabet pasta with red, neon green, and blue food coloring, then added in some white and Seuss-blue rice I had on hand. I tossed in some wooden letters from our Melissa & Doug word puzzle, a Skippy peanut butter jar lid, a couple scoopers, and some funnels.
As they played, I pulled out some magnifying glasses so the kids could see the little pasta letters better.
It was interesting to see how each of the kids approached the bin differently...
Every time the bin came out, Sam used the funnels to play "letter factory." He said he had to put the ingredients in the top and the "machine" turns them into letters. I asked him what the ingredients were and he said, "just lines." I think he imagined the rice to be the ingredients, and the pasta letters to be the end product. :)
Max played with the wooden letters. He loves letters-- he plays with them kind of like action figures. That kid and his imagination!! He is also very into the concept of the silent "E" and the "sometimes Y" (as a vowel). When the bin came out, he would be right here at the window sill, playing with the wooden letters.... making words for me to help him read or talking about the silent "E" and the "sometimes Y." :)
On the day I took these pictures, he said he had a "machine" (aka, his fingers) that made words. Here he is showing me his "machine."
And here is his "machine" in action:
Corinne enjoyed sitting in the bin as much as she enjoyed playing in it!
And what better spot to settle in with a good book?
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