My son had a blast writing letters in a sugar cookie sensory tray! It engaged many of his senses and really encouraged him to practice writing the alphabet!
Evan has shown a lot more interest in writing the alphabet lately. He often asks me to spell things letter by letter and he will write the letters in order on the paper. He still has difficulty forming many of the letters properly and that is to be expected at this age. But because he is so interested in writing them, I thought a sensory writing tray would be perfect for him. And boy was I right!
He loved everything about this. He thought the smell was amazing and loved the colorful sprinkles I added to the sugar. He thoroughly enjoyed running his fingers through the sugar and wrote letters, names and sight words in it.
I even created some fun sugar cookie alphabet cards to go with the activity! I have uppercase and lowercase letters as well as blank cookies so that you can work on numbers, shapes and more! Download them for free below!
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- Sugar Cookie Letter Cards Printable
- 1/2 cup of Sugar – I used organic cane sugar which is why it is beige instead of white.
- Sugar sprinkles (I used red and green since it’s Christmas time)
- Vanilla extract
- Tray (I used the one from the Melissa and Doug Birthday Party Cake)
Setting Up the Sugar Cookie Sensory Tray
This comes together very easily!
- Mix 1/2 cup of sugar with 1/8 of a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Add more or less based on preference.
- Shake in some colored sugar sprinkles.
- Spread the sugar out in the tray. I used slightly less than the 1/2 cup. You want to make sure it is just a very thin layer or it will be more difficult to write in.
- Print the cookie alphabet cards on cardstock for durability. You may want to laminate for even more durability. Then cut them out.
Writing Letters in the Sugar Cookie Sensory Tray
I set the cards in the small sections of the tray and invited my son to write letters in the sugar. He was super excited to get started!
He started by just randomly picking out letters and writing them in the tray. Eventually, he decided to write names of family members in the tray. I helped him pick out the letters needed and he used them as a guide.
I also plan to use the tray to practice sight words this week! My son was very happy when I told him I was keeping the sugar so that we could do this again soon!
5 Senses Activities from The Early Childhood Education Team. #TeachECE
Number Sound Boxes by Munchkins and Moms
My Five Senses Book by Still Playing School
5 Senses Theme Activities for Preschool by The Preschool Toolbox Blog
Exploring the Alphabet with Your 5 Senses by Growing Book by Book
Winter Theme Alphabet Sensory Bin by The Educators’ Spin On It
My Christmas 5 Senses Book by Life Over C’s
Exploring the Senses Using Cardboard Tubes by Capri + 3
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