I saw these beans and instantly knew my preschooler would want to get his hands on them.
Together, we filled up a tub with beans and buried the letters. I buried letters to continue building exposure of what the different letters look like and what they are called. By Kindergarten, children will be asked to Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
You can ultimately bury anything you want to work on! When you find it in the beans, shout it out! If you have older children, you can begin to discuss letter sounds.
Some tips I learned as Grey rummaged through the beans:
- The beans go everywhere! The size and shape of the container matters. I finally switched to a bin similar to Sarah’s choice and the beans remained inside the bin. (Most of the time) Thanks for the visual, Sarah!
- I bought 3 very large bags from Kroger. I recommend 2.
- Grey loved the feel of the beans more than the “finding of letters”. He ended up burying them. Either way, they were there to look at and discuss.
- Trucks got involved, and we liked it.
- I stored the project in a container with a lid for future use. Next time we will probably take it outdoors. And by next time, I mean that Grey is already asking me to take it out again.