Names are often the first words your LOs learns to read. Name Recognition is an important skill for Preschoolers. Make learning their name fun by searching the alphabets in a sensory rainbow colored rice bin 😀 Kids will have fun digging around and finding the alphabets.
What you need
- Rainbow Colored Rice (Click here to learn how to color rice for kids play)
- Write your LOs name on a paper using marker.
- Put the alphabets that form your kids name into the bin & fill it with colored rice leaving room for them to dig and explore. (I filled abt 1/3 of the bin)
- Invite your kids to play. Give them spoons and tongs or a magnetic wand and ask them to fetch for alphabets from the bin and put it in a small bowl. We used Melissa & Doug Magnetic Alphabets. You could also use foam alphabets or just print, laminate and cut the alphabets.
- After their done collecting all the alphabets, let them match the alphabets to the ones written on the paper.
- Talk about the alphabets. Ask them to spell the name out.
This activity is great for kids to learn the alphabets in their name. Miss A (3yrs) was super excited to do this activity. When i showed the paper with her name written and asked what is this, she said Asrita(her name). She knows to recognize her name by now. Then she dug into the rice bin using her hands to collect the alphabets. She dint want to use any tools for this activity. After collecting all the alphabets i asked her to match them to her name and she did it right. Then, she spelled out her name and felt very happy that she was able to do it. It definetly gives your LOs a sense of recognition when they complete this activity. She wanted to do it again & we repeated it 5 times😀 This sensory activity also develops fine motor skills & hand-eye cordination.
You could extend this activity by putting all the 26 alphabets in the bin. Ask them to fetch the alphabets and place it in order or match the uppercase with lower case. You could also do this with numbers.👍