Sensory Alphabet Hunt

BY ON Jan 4, 2012


Making learning your alphabet fun by searching for alphabet letters in a sensory tub with strawberry scented and pink coloured rice.


This sensory play activity is a great game to motivate kids to learn their alphabet.


Miss 4 was super excited and very keen to play!  She is off to kindy this year and I am going to miss having her around every day to play these fun games.


What you will need  


You will need a large container filled with rice (I have 5kg here), alphabet letters, food colouring and strawberry essence. I mixed through the food coloured and strawberry essence and sat it in the sun to dry out a little before letting little hands and our wooden alphabet letters into the box.

Let’s Play 

I buried all the alphabet letters in the rice for Miss 4 to find. She had so much fun digging around and feeling her way around to find them.

Let’s Learn 


Miss 4 was so excited when she found a letter and when she did she had to tell me what sound the letter made.  Learning the letter sound first and then the letter name is important for reading and writing.


Benefits of the Alphabet Hunt in strawberry scented rice:

  • • It is so much fun!
  • • Development of fine motor skills
  • • Eye & hand coordination – watching and doing and coordinating these actions.
  • • Sensory- Development of the sense of touch. Feeling and manipulating objects.
  • • Learning alphabet letter name and letter sounds.
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9 responses to “Sensory Alphabet Hunt”

  1. MiaB says:

    super duper fun!!! What a great activity. totally going to do this with my daughter 🙂


  2. Sue Stirling says:

    Gorgeous activity!
    I can image girls would love it
    I might make a container with green , blue or red for the more fussy boys
    who amaze me at such a young age they believe pink is for girls!
    I love the way you encourage the child to tell you a word that starts with the letter
    Love it
    Can’t wait to use it!!

    • Janice says:

      Thanks Sue, it is amazing how boys and girls have the view that blue is for boys and pink is for girls. I guess you only have to look in the shops. Although my five year old loves black at the moment, not sure if that is something to worry about or just individuality or a phase. 🙂 Other coloured rice would be fanastic too. I have some orange essence here which I think would mix well orange food colouring for our next rice sensory play. Enjoy and have fun, thanks for taking time to comment Sue…..xx

  3. Kristy says:

    This is great, my boys will really enjoy this one!! It was great to meet you today and put a face to the webpage 🙂

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