This rice sensory bin is shared by fellow mom, and Huddler, Tabitha. It has a fun learning twist! “I Spy My Name”!
My son has been really interested lately in learning how to spell his name.
Kids seem to learn best when they don’t even know they are learning, so I wanted to come up with a way to help him learn how to spell his name while having fun!
I came up with a very simple game that he enjoys playing. It doesn’t cost much and takes very little time to set up. All you need is some dry rice, a small Tupperware container or other bowl, a dry-erase board and letters.
First, I filled up the container with rice. Then, I hid the letters of his name in the rice.
I wrote out his name on the dry-erase board (you can just use paper, too). I used all capital letters so he could just match up the letters.
After showing him the first couple letters in the rice, he was really excited about finding them and putting them on the dry erase board by himself.
He just placed the letter that he found on top of where it was written on the dry-erase board. When he had found all the letters, he had spelled his name!
After we did that a few times, I decided to mix it up and wrote his name with just the first letter capitalized. Since he already had the confidence to do the activity, he was then able to work on matching up the capital letters with the lower case letters.
The next day, he asked to do this activity again.
After doing his name a few times, he wanted to do other names and words (Mommy, Daddy, dog, etc). Since he is just starting to learn his letter sounds, I used this as an opportunity to talk about beginning letter sounds. He is only 2, so it was a very basic and casual conversation.
After doing this activity for a few days, I could already tell that he was starting to learn how to spell his name better. For example, when he would find a T, he knew to go to the end of his name. The next step will be to let him fish the letters out of the rice bowl and put them in the correct order himself (without it pre-printed)!
I’d recommend a simple learning game like this to anyone!