Ready for some literacy fun? Try the Alphabet Scoop and Transfer activity.
Well this activity certainly has a little bit of everything. The Alphabet Scoop and Transfer activity is a literacy activity. It’s also a sorting activity. It’s a sensory activity. And (not done yet) it’s a life skills activity.
You know what?
It’s also a motor skills activity and a hand-eye coordination activity. PEOPLE. This activity is unreal. Holy moly.
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Hello, Alphabet Scoop and Transfer… you wisdom of all!
This activity. I’m telling you. If you had to pick one activity – this would be a BRILLIANT selection. It has more layers to it than an onion OR a donkey.
Someone please get that joke.
Let’s break apart all the features of this genius activity, right after I hit you with the supply list.
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- Alphabet magnets (capital letters AND small letters)
- Storage container (this is the one I ALWAYS use)
- Slotted spoon
- Two dish pans or buckets or bowls (these white ones are from the Dollar Store)
In my storage container, I put a little water. Enough to make the magnets float BUT not enough that I couldn’t life the bin at the end. That’s a big deal… lesson learned many times.
I added my magnets and next to the container, I put the two dish pans. I gave my son (4) his task: sort the magnets into two groups, capital vs lower case.
And the activity was ON!
The Literacy Side of Alphabet Scoop and Transfer
Of course, this activity is deep with literacy. Playing with the alphabet, interacting with letters, and learning to differentiate between upper and lower case letters is important.
But it’s not so important that you should be stressing and flashing carding and rushing your toddler into learning these symbols ASAP. Read my post: Stop Worrying about the ABCs.
Once your child has learned their letters, this is the perfect activity to practice recognizing the difference between capital and small letters.
Notice that I call them capital, upper case, big, etc. It doesn’t matter what you pick – whatever sounds right to you!
The Sorting Side of Alphabet Scoop and Transfer
Sorting is an important skill for kids – being able to notice attributes and define categories is a big deal.
Little activities like this help a WHOLE LOT.
The Sensory Side of Alphabet Scoop and Transfer
Water creates a sensory experience!
Sensory is SO IMPORTANT for kids, and water is a cheap and easy one. Put a bath towel under this activity if you are concerned about your floors.
The Life Skills Side of Alphabet Scoop and Transfer
This is another big part of this activity.
Scooping and transferring objects is a “life skill.” That means its a skill a child learns that they will use throughout their lives.
We adults think of scooping and transferring as nothing big – but to a kid, this is a very major skill to learn. Scooping and transferring activities help develop this skill in low stress situations.
And remember, that’s not all!!
This activity also promotes:
- Hand-eye coordination
- Arm strength
- Grip strength
- Spatial awareness
- Crossing the mid-line
The beauty of this activity is in the many facets
This activity is an absolute gem. It’s a hidden, simple treasure and it’s one not to be missed.
It’s truly one of the best.