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Sensory Alphabet Letters

Last year my class made sensory letters that smelled like chocolate. The kids thought they were fun to make and use for other projects. They were really easy to do and I’m going to tell you how so you can try it too!

I cut cardboard rectangles and wrote a letter on each piece of cardboard.  Then my kiddos traced the letters with glue (we used the glue bottles, but you could use a cup of glue and a q-tip).  I took cocoa powder and mixed in it with cornstarch because cocoa powder is expensive, and this stretched it a little farther! Then I put the mixture in a sugar shaker and the kids sprinkled the cocoa mixture over the glue.

When the glue dried we had letters that not only smelled great, but were also slightly raised so that the children could actually feel the letters.

I loved this activity so much that I put together a list of other sensory materials that could be used to make alphabet letters:

  • Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, etc.)
  • Salt
  • Sprinkles
  • Colored sugar
  • Noodles of different shapes and sizes
  • Cereal
  • Glitter
  • Jello or Kool-Aid
  • Crayon shavings
  • Plastic beads
  • Dried beans
  • Dried peas
  • Rice
  • Herbs (oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil, etc.)
  • Confetti
  • Sand
  • Flower petals
  • Aquarium stones or gravel
  • Oats
  • Sequins
  • Seeds
I’ll be trying more of these ideas throughout the year, it will be interesting to see what materials capture the children’s interest, and if they use certain alphabets more than others!

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