This week our Playful Preschool Series explores the Earth!
We decided to let a book inspire our activity. This sensory bin provides lots of literacy(alphabet practice) and science exploration. It is perfect for Earth Day or anytime of the year.
Compost Alphabet Activity and Book
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Why We Chose This Alphabet Activity
My boys found the book, Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe of the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals at the library. It was a great compliment to all the work we have been doing in our garden this spring.
We don’t have a composting bin, but my boys are eager to start one. Before we get a real one set up, I thought I would capitalize on their interest and create a compost theme sensory bin. And, as usual I like to find a way to sprinkle a little literacy practice in the mix.
Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe of the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals is a fun story about returning items back to the earth to create soil. Children will be environmental chefs as they learn about 26 different items that can be added and mixed together to create a super rich soil.
Materials Needed: sensory table or bin, any combination of these filler ingredients: dryer lint, coffee filters, dirt, grass clippings, dried oatmeal, nutshells, strips of newspaper, tea bags, dried leaves, small twigs, scissors, newspaper or flyers, and small sandbox tools
1. Cut out letters of the alphabet from ads that come in the mail or newspapers.
2. Add the letters and any of the fillers listed above to the bin or container.
Your compost bin is ready to explore! Have your child name each filler in the bin and talk about how everything in the bin helps to make compost.
Invite your child to “turn” the compost and find the letters of the alphabet. As each letter is discovered, have your child name the letter, say the sound the letter represents and even name an item for each letter.
Another fun extension is to place a variety of things that can be composted near the play area. As a letter is found in the bin, your child can place it next to the object that begins with that letter. Need ideas for what can be composted? You can use any fruit, vegetable or plant.
I’m a big believer that alphabet activities should be fun and playful. I also love to incorporate other subjects into our literacy play. This activity fits the bill!
Keep reading. Visit the links below for more great Earth ideas from the #playfulpreschool team!
Earth Sensory Table Small World by Mom Inspired Life
Learning about Earth Through Puzzle Play by The Educators’ Spin On It
On Planet Earth There are Five Oceans – Children’s Song by Capri +3
Earth Day Preschool Math and Sensory Play by Fun-A-Day!
Preschool Science Experiements: Layers of the Earth by Learning 2 Walk
Layers of the Earth Felt Puzzle by Powerful Mothering
No Mess Painting Earth in a Bag by Still Playing School
Building Language Skills for Preschoolers: Earth Theme by Live Over C’s
Earth: Water Cycle by Tiny Tots Adventures