Stirring up alphabet sensory soup

By this time in the school year, we have introduced all of our letters and the sounds they make so as part of our review, the children stirred up some alphabet soup…

Stirring up alphabet soup by Teach Preschool

For this fun water play sensory activity, you will need a tub, bowls, spoons, pitchers, and letters.  We used sponge letters, but any type of waterproof letter would be just as much fun!  This is a really simple recipe, that our students enjoyed putting together on their own.  The children began by pouring water into the soup bowls…

Stirring up alphabet soup by Teach Preschool

Next,they used tongs to choose letters from the tub…

Stirring up alphabet soup by Teach Preschool

Then they added the letters to the soup bowls…

Stirring up alphabet soup by Teach Preschool

And voila!  They made alphabet soup…

Stirring up alphabet soup by Teach Preschool

This activity was so much fun for our children!  As the children played, we were able to hear them tell each other which letter they were eating or had found. They loved it if they could find a letter in their name. Making alphabet soup kept several children entertained for most of the morning.  And several others rotated in and out, but they almost always returned for more soup…

Stirring up alphabet soup by Teach Preschool

You will notice that we covered our table in a towel.  A lot, and I mean A LOT, of water was used during this activity.  The children loved pouring water from the pitchers into their bowls and then dumping their bowls into the  tub…

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When their pitcher was empty, they simply took it to the sink and filled it up themselves…

Stirring up alphabet soup by Teach Preschool

We practice pouring everyday during snack time.  The children have their own small pitchers which they use to pour themselves water and juice. We can honestly say that our students have a love affair with any kind of waterplay. We normally save most waterplay for our outdoor classroom but cooking up alphabet soup seemed like a better fit for our indoor classroom…

Stirring up alphabet soup by Teach Preschool

At the end of this activity, Deborah and I were both a bit surprised by the amount of water contained in the towel, on the floor, and of course, on the children.  But there was no need to panic!  It was all good, clean fun!  Fresh towels were brought out for cleanup and a couple of dry pants were distributed to the children who were – well somewhat waterlogged!…

Stirring up alphabet soup by Teach Preschool

Worried about all that water? Alphabet soup doesn’t have to be made in the kitchen or around a table.  It could be made in a sink or bathtub.  It could be made outside  in a shallow baby pool or even in a mud kitchen.  This is a great, simple activity that our children really loved…

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Links to grow on:

Alphabet kitchen for toddler play by Teach Preschool

13 Creative ways to learn letters by No Time for Flashcards

Alphabet sensory play by Pre-K Pages

By |2013-04-06T21:10:06+00:00April 6th, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Brenna April 7, 2013 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    My students made alphabet soup in the sensory table, too. Great fun to identify letters.

  2. Jen @ Daycare In Demand April 8, 2013 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    My almost 3-year-old will absolutely love this activity! The water factor, pretend eating, and the chance of finding an “L for Lorelei” will make it a sure-fire favorite, I think. We’ll have to give it a whirl the next time she has some friends over.

  3. "Auntie" Angela April 9, 2013 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    I love this idea! I have some foam alphabet puzzle pieces that should work just fine in the water. As far as indoor water play getting messy, I’ve found if I leave some small towels handy the kids love to clean up (some of) the spills as they go along.

  4. Anne Bradbury February 20, 2018 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    While I absolutely love this activity why does it show the child having access to the hot water tap?

    • Deborah Stewart April 5, 2018 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      Our hot water tap is luke warm:)

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