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Every child learning the alphabet should experience this colorful alphabet sensory bin! Children need lots of exposure to the alphabet to help them learn the letters. Sensory bins are so beneficial for children and adding this one to your classroom will be a big hit!
Alphabet Bin Materials:
- plastic bin
- alphabet pasta
- food coloring
- rubbing alcohol
- plastic bags (or something similar)
- trays lined with parchment paper
- other materials for the bin: magnifying glass, alphabet letters, scoopers, funnels, jars, etc.
To make this bin, you’ll need to begin by coloring the pasta. It’s super easy to do!
First, decide how many colors you want to make. I decided on 4, so I took my two bags of alphabet pasta and divided them in half. I put the pasta into four plastic baggies.
Add about a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol into the bag, seal it, and shake it up.
After the pasta is coated with rubbing alcohol, add some food coloring to the bag. Then seal it and shake the bag again.
Then pour the pasta onto a tray lined with parchment paper. Repeat this process for each color you make. Then let the colored pasta dry for about an hour.
Once the pasta is dry, add it to a bin.
Here are some ways to play with the alphabet sensory bin!
1. Add magnetic letters and even a magnet. Bury the letters and have the child find the letter and identify it.
2. Use a magnifying glass to look at the pasta up close. You could even ask the child to find a letter in the pasta using the magnifying glass.
3. Scoop up some pasta and pour it into a funnel. This is good for hand-eye coordination!
4. Place the pasta into a glass jar that can be closed. (I used a salt shaker from the Dollar Tree.) Have the child shake the filled bottle and listen to the sound it makes! Try pouring some pasta out, then shake the bottle again. See if it sounds different with less pasta in the jar.
Encourage children to use their creativity and find unique ways to play with this alphabet sensory bin.
Once you are done with the bin, you can save the alphabet pasta in an airtight container or a zip-top bag. You can save the pasta and reuse it for years!
I hope you’ll try this one out!