Adding a simple sensory component to lessons can bring such joy and engagement! Here are a few simple ideas for quickly adding a sensory component to early literacy lessons.
I love doing letter/sound sorts with kids. In this case, we'd talk about the /p/ sound as in pig and the /m/ sound as in mouse. Then kids sort the objects - both magnetic letters and "tiny treasures" - onto the letter cards.
Just hiding the objects in a bin of corn and having kids reach in and take the first thing they touch adds a whole new component!
There's something so appealing about corn. Ever reach into a bin? I live in rural upstate New York, where we can just stop by the feed store to pick up a bag of corn. But, corn from the grocery store works just as well. (It doesn't take much to fill a small plastic bin.)
As kids work with sight words, the letters to form a few words can be hidden in the bin of corn. Here's a simple game to play:
Provide a few word cards.
Kids reach in, take a letter and place it on the word card.
When they complete a word, they read it and keep the card.
Adding a writing component is a snap ~ kids can record the words they "won" in this simple game.
If you don't have a bag of corn, a bin of rice works just a well!
Did these pictures trigger more ideas for simple sensory experiences that support literacy lessons? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look! I'm collecting simple ideas to make learning fun for kids. I hope you'll check out my Pinterest page and consider following along with me. :) Anne Gardner