After we had some letter recognition fun with our Alphabet Soup last week, I decided to change it up a bit. I kept the sensory aspect, but changed out the rice for waterbeads and swapped the magnet letters for these foam Alphablocks we got free with Cbeebies magazine recently.
The kids had lots of fun pouring and scooping and burying the blocks. I set out some tongs and the shot glasses we've been playing with our waterbeads and one by one Vin would pick out a letter with the tongs and place each letter into a glass and tell me what letter it was.
This was very fun and simple to put together. If you don't have waterbeads you can use any other sensory filler - rice, shaving foam, jelly, water, goop - the messy fun is the important part, the letter learning is incidental!