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Make your own Sensory Learning Tool for Early Literacy!

Is your child getting bored of the usual ways of learning letter names and sounds such as reading? Perhaps it is time to try something new to excite him/her!


In this post, we will be teaching you how to make a sensory learning tool that provides fun ways to teach your child the letter names and sounds using tactile input. What’s more, this is a low cost activity that you can easily make at home!


You will need the following materials:

  • 500g of fine salt

  • Tray

  • Spoon and chopstick

  • Takeaway container with lid

  • Food dye

  • Essential oil (optional)


Here are the steps:

  1. Pour salt into a plastic takeaway container.

  2. Add a few drops of food dye and essential oil (if you like) and shake!

  3. Once mixed well, spoon enough onto a tray to cover its base evenly.

  4. Use a chopstick to trace out shapes, letters or numbers!


Other than using it to learn shapes, letters or numbers, the salt container can also provide for an exciting game of treasure hunt! Hide items in the salt and get your child to find or feel them and guess what the objects are.


Do try this activity with your child today and let us know your experience, as well as any other creative ways you have thought of to engage your child using this tool! Share them with us, or tag us on Instagram!

After you and your child have used this salt "to the max" and want to try something new, check out our next (or "other", depending on when you see this) DIY post to see what you can re-purpose this salt into!


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