The Letters in My Name

We’ve been reading Puddles’ ABC, and I thought it would be fun to introduce N to the letters in his name. He’s not ready for learning all of the letters or saying the names or sounds or anything, but I wanted a quick and simple, hands-on introduction to a few of the most important ones (for him) – those in his name!

This literacy sensory bin was really easy to set up, although it took me a minute to match the colors 😉 N really enjoyed playing with the letters in his name – and with the rice too, of course 🙂

 

Quick and simple, hands-on, and sensory introduction to letters for toddlers: Learn the letters in my name with rice and plastic Easter eggs!

(N was 1 year and 10 months old.)

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Materials for Learning the Letters in My Name

  • Shoe box sized storage bin.
  • Rice.
  • Plastic Easter eggs.
  • Magnetic letters. {I love these magnetic letters for being so tactile and such a great way of exploring letter shapes hands-on! And of course, they’re great on the fridge and other metal surfaces, too.}

 

Because N has quite a short name, I doubled up on some of the letters. Since it was just an introduction to the letters with no expectation of him being able to spell his name or anything, I didn’t mind that I didn’t have the same number of each letter.

I matched the colors of the letters and the eggs because I could, but it’s not necessary.

 

Quick and simple, hands-on, and sensory introduction to letters for toddlers: Learn the letters in my name with rice and plastic Easter eggs!

 

As he pulled out the letters, we talked about which letters they are, their names, and what sounds they make. I also kept saying his name and emphasizing that the letter was a part of his name.

 

Quick and simple, hands-on, and sensory introduction to letters for toddlers: Learn the letters in my name with rice and plastic Easter eggs!

 

Sometimes, he’d hand me a letter and wait for me to hand it back while telling him about the letter again.

 

Quick and simple, hands-on, and sensory introduction to letters for toddlers: Learn the letters in my name with rice and plastic Easter eggs!

 

 

N got a kick out of putting the letters back into the eggs and closing them up. He’s gotten quite good at using just the right amount of pressure to close them up rather than collapsing the two halves.

 

Quick and simple, hands-on, and sensory introduction to letters for toddlers: Learn the letters in my name with rice and plastic Easter eggs!

 

Of course he spent a lot of time playing with the rice, too. It’s always fun to scoop rice and let it fall back into the container, or just to run your hands through the rice.

 

Quick and simple, hands-on, and sensory introduction to letters for toddlers: Learn the letters in my name with rice and plastic Easter eggs!

 

This “Learn the Letters in My Name” activity was a great hands-on introduction to letters for N that we can easily build on in the future.

 

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Check out which alphabet books my friends have been reading and basing activities on:

Kids’ Alphabet Coloring Pages {Printable} | The Natural Homeschool

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