Making alphabet soup with your preschoolers is a great way for them to move and learn! They can have fun while mixing and pouring water and work on letters at the same time. It’s a fun early literacy activity that also super simple to set up.
- alphabet magnets or plastic letters
- blue liquid watercolor (optional)
- ladle (metal is fun with magnets)
- bowls, spoons, etc
I filled a large plastic container 2/3 of the way full with water and added blue liquid watercolor (affiliate link) to make it more fun. Then I added a bunch of our magnetic letters and a large metal ladle. Next to the bin I set out extra bowls and spoons and called my preschooler over to play.
She went right to work scooping and pouring and making us alphabet soup! As we played we worked in some early literacy skills like letter identification and phonemic awareness.
Early Literacy Practice:
- Work on letter naming by identifying the letters you scoop out or calling out letters to find in the soup.
- For kids who are just starting to work on letters you can talk about them as you eat, “This J is so yummy!”
- Talk about the sounds the letters make and try to think of a word that starts with that sound.
We are so excited to be bringing back our Move and Learn series for the school year!
The other Move and Learn co-hosts were busy putting together ABC Move and Learn Activities for kids this week too, make sure to check them out!