Are your kids as wild about water as mine are? Let them splash, play, and learn about the letter L with this easy-to-make Lily Pad sensory bin!
As part of my ongoing series, ABC Sensory, we’ve been exploring a different sensory activity for each letter of the alphabet. And for today’s letter L sensory bin, we’ll be making a Lily Pad Sensory Bin! In this post I’ll show you exactly how easy it is to make. Plus, I created a FREE checklist to help you along the way. Click the link to get access before getting started: FREE Idea Checklist: How To Create ABC Sensory Bins.
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Blue food coloring (optional)
Green craft foam
Letter L Shapes (upper case and lower case)
We all know that craft foam is a great material for crafting with, but did you know it also makes an awesome water toy because it floats? Cut a piece of green craft foam into a circle shape, notch out a small triangle from one side, and you instantly have a floating lily pad!
After you’ve cut out several lily pads, you’re ready to setup your lily pad sensory bin.
Fill your sensory bin with water and, if you want, you can add a few drops of blue food coloring to turn the water a pretty blue color.
Drop several glass stones into the bottom of the sensory bin for added texture.
When doing this with my kids we also added several letter L’s (uppercase and lowercase) into our sensory bin. I find that this helps to reinforce the letter we’re learning about.
Place the foam lily pads on the top of the water.
Add some plastic frogs on to the top of the lily pads, and that’s it! Let your kids dig in and have some fun!
MAKE IT A GAME
Have your kids search through the water to try and find all the letter L’s that are hiding in there!
SNEAK IN SOME LEARNING
As your child is playing, try asking questions like:
“What letter are we learning about today?”
“What sound does the letter L make?”
“L is for what?…. Lily Pad!”
TRY MAKING YOUR OWN LILY PAD SENSORY BIN
This lily pad sensory bin couldn’t be easier to make! Give the kids a fun sensory experience and try making a lily pad sensory bin today!
Be sure to check out the rest of my alphabet sensory bins. And show me what you’ve made! Join me on Instagram or Facebook and share your sensory bins with me! Or leave me a message in the comments below. I love hearing from you!