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As an educator and as a parent, I’ve found that learning activities that activate multiple senses are often more successful. Kids often have particular learning styles and strengths in certain intelligences (as in Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences), so it makes sense that when they use a sense related to that learning style or intelligence (such as the sense of hearing for an auditory learner), they are more likely to have an authentic learning experience and retain information.
Which is why I love incorporating sensory elements into preschool learning activities. And why I love the SeeHearDo Company’s Amazing Action Alphabet!
A Letter B Activity Inspired by the Amazing Action Alphabet!
Check out our Amazing Action Alphabet fun and the Letter B activity inspired by it…
About The Amazing Action Alphabet…
“The Amazing Action Alphabet takes the already familiar look of an animal and bends it into the shape of an abstract letter. Now the shape of the letter is no longer abstract because the animal, which the child recognizes, makes the shape of the letter. This gives life to the letter, so it is no longer just black lines and circles on white paper. Once the child recognizes the letter as an animal, it makes sense to give it a name. And the name of the animal is the name of the letter; for example, the name of the alligator is A.
Now that each letter has a name and the child can easily recognize the animal in the shape of a letter, an amusing story gives a legitimate reason for why the letter makes the sound that it does.
Then we combine this with an approach that lets children see, hear, and do, engaging multiple senses and learning styles into the most powerful method for learning and retention we know.”
Here is my spin on learning the Letter B with the Amazing Action Alphabet…
Bubble Blowing Bear Letter B Activity
“B is for Bubble Blowing Bear”
For this letter B activity, we combine blowing air through a straw (which activates and regulates the interoceptive and proprioceptive sensory systems) with popping bubbles (which uses the tactile/touch sensory system). And we’re making cool art, too!
- FREE Bubble Blowing Bear Letter B Activity Printable (below)
- white cardstock or construction paper
- a shallow bowl of water
- tempera paint
- dish soap
- colored cardstock or construction paper
- markers, crayons, glue, googly eyes, and/or other various craft supplies (optional)
Grab your FREE Bubble Blowing Bear Printable HERE:
Watch this Bubble Blowing Bear Letter B Activity with Your Child:
- Mix some tempera paint and a squirt of dish soap into the water.
- Have the child use the straw to blow bubbles into the soapy paint water.
- Have them flip their bear printable over and lay it onto the bubbles. When they flip it back, right side up, they will see how this made bubble marks on their bear.
- Repeat with different colors of soapy paint water, if desired.
- Let bears dry, and decorate with googly eyes, markers, crayons, and other craft supplies, if desired.
The Amazing Action Alphabet Workbook has a page to do this painting technique on as an activity for letter B. But I thought it would be fun, and fitting for learning the letter B, to make a big bear printable to decorate with the bubble paint technique instead.
We cut ours out and glued them onto a background of colored construction paper. Then, the kids had fun decorating them up however they liked with markers, crayons, and googly eyes.
Want to do this Letter B Activity with your kids? Let us know if you try it!
Don’t forget your FREE Bubble Blowing Bear Printable:
More Alphabet Activity Ideas:
- Alphabet Corn Bin Sensory Play
- Letter Learning Beach Style
- 8 Easy but FUN Alphabet Activities for Kids