July 29, 2014

Alphabet Sticky Tray

Learning the Alphabet through Play - Alphabet Sticky Tray

Learning the alphabet through play with a sticky alphabet tray.  Practice letter recognition with this sensory activity for preschool.

Yesterday I announced the start of my new series, Learning the Alphabet through Play.  The intent of this series is to introduce letters and sounds in playful games and activities.  I'm not looking for mastery or learning to read at age three.  I am presenting age appropriate activities to my twin three year olds and then following their cues.  Today I set up an alphabet sticky tray.  We have done sticky table art, sticky window crafts, and sticky wall learning many times in the past, and my boys always love the sticky texture.

How to Make an Alphabet Sticky Tray

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Directions:  I covered two cookie sheets (Dollar Tree) with contact paper, sticky side out, securing the contact paper in place with packing tape.  I put some letters in a bowl for each boy and set the items up on our picnic table outside.

Tank and Peanut did not need any instructions or prompting to begin placing the letters on the sticky trays.

Boost fine motor skills and work on letter recognition with a sticky alphabet tray.

Of course they had to experiment with the sticky paper.

Tank showed more interested in the alphabet learning part of this activity.  He held up each letter and asked me the name.  He also said each color.

Peanut found matching letters and paired them up on his tray.

Matching letters and boosting fine motor skills with this sensory activity to practice letter recognition and sounds.

I mentioned in my introduction post for this series that I intend to follow the lead of my boys in our activities.  What this means is that if neither of them demonstrated an interested in saying the letter names and sounds I would have left it alone and let them focus on the sticky aspect of the activity.  At this age learning should never be pushed or forced but rather guided as their interested is piqued.

How to make a sticky alphabet tray for learning letters through sensory play.

As much as they enjoyed placing the letters on the sticky trays, Tank and Peanut loved peeling the letters off even more.  This is a great activity for boosting fine motor skills, and it made the clean up a cinch!

Letter recognition in preschool with a sticky alphabet tray.

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  1. Where did you get your clear plastic letters? I love this and would love to be able to do it with my 2.75 yr old.

    1. These are the ones I have: http://www.discountschoolsupply.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?product=22935&utm_source=Affiliate&utm_medium=weblink&utm_campaign=CJ&es=10423400000

  2. These would have been beautiful hanging up in a window or exploring through a light table!


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