Alphabet Sponge Letters – Bath Time Fun!

Learning activities in the bath
 
Playing with Alphabet Sponge Letters in the bath is a great tactile and hands-on activity for kids to play with while taking a bath.  When wet, the sponges stick or suction slightly to the sides of the bath and tiles, making it a great canvas for creating endless ideas. 
 
 So much fun for the bath…….and learning your alphabet too!
 
 Ever had trouble getting your kids into the bath, then here is a great motivator!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
  
 
What you will need?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
You will need sharp scissors, makes the job so much easier, kitchen sponges and alphabet letters template.  The letters template is made to fit the width of the sponge from the top to the bottom to minimise wastage.  The sponge letters are nice and chunky and when cut out they are about 9cm tall, a great size for little hands! 
See end of the post for the free alphabet letters template.  There is also a free printable for shapes and numbers as another option.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This activity could also be done with shapes or numbers. Whatever is relevant to your child and what their learning focus is? My 3 year old is very focused and interested in letters at the moment and making pretend words with them.
Don’t throw out the cuttings; these can be used for another activity!  I’m thinking paint!  
You can view our activity using the left over cuttings click here:  Sponge Painting
Alphabet Sponges 1
 
 
  
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We made a few extra letters so that the kids could make their names which had repeated letters in them.
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loads of fun for creating your name and small words.  You could also order the letters from A to Z around the whole bath while singing The Alphabet song.  Create CVC words such as bus, bug, mug, rug, hat, rat, big, sun, fun and box.  Also practice spelling sight words such as the, and and was.  The ideas are endless!!
This is something you could do on a hot summers day when it’s too hot to play outside and the kids need something to do while cooling off at the same time.
 Alphabet Sponge Letters are great for:
  • Reinforce learning alphabet letters or becoming familiar with them.
  • Constructing and sequencing letters to create names and small words.
  • Hand and eye coordination.
Printable ResourceYou can make letters, numbers and shapes with these free printables:
Alphabet Letters Template 
Numbers Template
Shapes Template
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Comments

  1. Congrats Janice on your first post!! I’m soooo excited for you!!! And I LOVE The sponge idea! My kids love to play in the tub … and this is a great craft / activity for them! But now here’s a question … how do I tell my 8 year old son that he might be getting a little too old to still be playing in the tub? lol!!!
    BIG hugs to you!!
    xoxo
    Ro :)
    http://www.MommyBlogDesigns.com

  2. Julie Moreton says:

    Hey Janice,
    Well done on getting the website up and running! Awesome achievement..

    Have saved you in my favourites folder – always looking for new things for the naughty one’s to do :)

    Julie

  3. Oh these are way cool! thanks for sharing this great idea!

  4. Oh, oh, oh – I wish I had this wonderful idea when my boys were younger. I have a son with literacy challenges – maybe he might like the idea still – especially if he gets to cut them out by himself!
    I am thrilled I found your site. This morning I received an award – I am going to pass it on to you – The Versatile Blogger Award – details will be up on my site today. Take a look.x

    • I am so thrilled, thank you for dropping by and your lovely comment.

      I just started learning4kids 3 weeks ago and really enjoying it.

      Congratulations on your award, I will pop past your site to have a look!

      Thanks :)

  5. These are great, love them! My girls love the bath so this would be a great way to squeeze some learning in while they’re splashing about :)
    ~Aleacia

  6. What a fantastic idea! I noticed you sponges looked thinner than ones I have seen. Are they special sponges? I was just thinking about getting some at the dollar store, but them seem thicker.

    I am a new follower from It’s Playtime. If you have a chance stop by http://messforless.blogspot.com and say hi!
    Thanks!

    • Hi Vicky! Thanks for stopping by, it’s great to have you here! :)

      Yes, these sponges are thin……. I got them from coles and they were the savings brand. They came in a pack of five.
      I’m pretty sure that you could use thicker sponges. You will have to let me know how you go with them!

      Heading over to mess for less…….chat soon!

      Thanks! xx

  7. Great idea! Speaking of using the leftover sponge pieces for paint… How much fun would it be to sponge paint with the letters too! I could see my boys really getting into that.

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