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Help your child learn letter sounds with this stimulating sensory activity. Our Touch and Trace Sensory Writing Tray uses the sense of touch, sight and sound to engage your child and make letter learning fun.
Touch and Trace Sensory Writing Tray
The realities of Kindergarten are starting to hit my daughter now. She flew into class the first few weeks. But now it is more of a stagger, as the longer days are starting to catch up with her. So when it comes to doing her homework, I am having to get very creative.
Part of her homework is to reinforce the letter sounds she has been learning over the previous weeks in class. We have been using a series of hands on sensory based activities to do this. When you stimulate your child’s senses in a learning activity you really help to bring it to life for them. And it feels more like a fun game, rather than a dry piece of written work.
Getting Ready for the Sensory Writing Tray:
- Deep Tray
- White card
Ahead of the activity I twisted pipe-cleaners together and shaped them into the letter sounds that we need to practice at home. I then secured each letter onto a small piece of white card with a dot of glue. I used lots of different colors to make them visually appealing, so that Bella would be drawn pick them up and touch them.
All that was left to do then was fill up a deep tray with rice and pick a good time to do the activity (usually after snack-time).
I laid out the letter cards next to the tray of rice and invited Bella over to play. She made a dive straight for the pink and purple S (her favorite colors) and began to trace around the letter and repeat the little rhyme she has learnt in school to help her form it correctly.
I then gently asked her if she could now trace the letter on the card into the rice. She had the option of using her fingers or a big twisty pipe-cleaner “pencil” that I had made for her. She started out with her hands and then couldn’t resist having a go with the big pipe-cleaner.
Eventually we had worked our way through each of the letter sounds we needed to practice. She then had fun drawing pictures in her rice, whilst I helped her big brothers with their spellings.
Extending the Activity
I plan to add to our collection of letters each week and repeat the activity and eventually replace the letter sounds with sight words practice, as this won’t be too far away in her learning as well.