Work on letter recognition this fall with our Acorn Alphabet Sensory Jar Game! Head outdoors to search for acorns and then return to create this special hands-on literacy focused game for your preschooler.
Here’s how to play!
This week at the Virtual Book Club for Kids we’re featuring Acorns and Squirrels! One funny picture book series that the kids are enjoying is Scaredy Squirrel.
We’ve been collecting tons of acorns that are falling form the trees so we thought this would be a fun connection to make with this acorn alphabet sensory jar game.
We’ll be painting our acorns and doing a few acorn math activities with our rainbow acorns too.
Acorn Alphabet Sensory Jar Game
Encourage your child to practice their fine motor and eye hand coordination with this sensory jar game for fall plus learn to identify the letters of the alphabet!
If you’re ready for sight words, your little one will love this I-SPY Acorn Jar too!
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Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
Here are some of our favorite Acorn Themed Books
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Acorn Alphabet Sensory Jar Materials
- Acorns (or use these)
- Alphabet Beads (like this)
- Recycled Water Bottle (These are my favorite)
- Alphabet Stickers
- Recycled Cardboard Lid
Acorn Alphabet Sensory Jar Directions
1. Go out in your yard or community and gather acorns into a container. Take time while you’re exploring to talk about the change in season. Try to see if you can find any squirrels climbing the trees too. See if you can find any little holes that the squirrels have dug searching for acorns.
If you live in a place without acorns you can use these instead.
2. Once you’re back at home with your acorns it’s time to create a few fun acorn activities with them! Find a recycled water bottle and have your child fill it up with acorns using their fine motor skills.
3. Next add some letter beads to the acorns. Be sure to check to make sure you’ve added all of the letters of the alphabet.
TIP: For younger kids you can add 5-10 letters to start with less. Give them a chance to be successful and then you can add more letters as they build confidence.
4. Now grab a recycled box lid and have your child add the alphabet letter stickers all around it. Use this time to talk about the letters they are adding to learn to name each letter and the letter sound.
Plus it’s a great find motor activity too.
5. TIME TO PLAY OUR ACORN ALPHABET SENSORY JAR GAME! Challenge your child to cover the letter in the box with an acorn by marking one each time they shake the acorn alphabet sensory jar.
You can play this game with a few letters to start and build up. You can also use acorn sight words and acorn numbers.
Here are some additional alphabet learning games for your child.
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Acorn Activities for Preschoolers
Acorn Alphabet – The Educators’ Spin On It (That’s HERE)
Acorn Ramp Play for Toddlers- Toddler Approved
Acorn Sharing Game – Witty Hoots
Squirrel and Acorn Ten Frame Printables and Activities by JDaniel4’s Mom
Acorn Fine Motor and Counting – Views From a Step Stool
DIY Song Cube with Fall Song Printable from My Storytime Corner
Acorn Discovery Table – Inspiration Laboratories
Acorn Color Sort- Teach Beside Me
Acorn Process Art- Messy Little Monster
Help the squirrel find his acorn – Mama Smiles
Squirrel Brain Breaks- The OT Toolbox
Squirrel Action Rhyme – Preschool Powol Packets
Find the Acorns Printable Sight Word Game – Artsy Momma
Acorn Ordering and Sorting – Rainy Day Mum
Making Shapes With Acorns – To Be A Kid Again
Fall Sensory Bin Acorns Squirrels Color Picture Match- Sea of Knowledge
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Cute idea!! Love it.
I love the look of this sensory jar! The letters pop out against the acorns. My daughter will love this!