Each morning while I do my youngest charge’s hair I put the Jolly Phonics on You Tube so that she can sing along and see the letter, I even managed to find a video of them in the order that they should be taught, so we only (at the moment) go up to g before restarting it. Yesterday when I had finished doing her hair she asked if she could do a sensory letter activity, unfortunately we had run out of time and she needed to head out to nursery, but it gave me plenty of time set up a new activity for her to do. I had seen on Pinterest someone using coloured oats just as a sensory experience, so I thought what would be a better thing to do than to use oats and hide our magnetic letters in it. Then match them to ones I had written on a piece of paper.

This activity was a huge hit!  She really enjoyed searching for them when she got home and when she had finished she reburied them and started all over again.

To colour your own oats you will need:

  • Water
  • Oats
  • Food colouring/ liquid watercolours
  • Pen
  • Piece of paper
  • Letters
  • Container
  1. Add your food colouring to 1 ½  tablespoons of water and then mix in your oats.  Once they have been fully covered leave them somewhere to dry.  I went for a Christmas theme of red and green.
  2. When they are dry put them into a container and add your letters –  I used magnetic lower case ones.
  3. On a piece of paper write the letters that you have hidden, so that they can match them up.

This activity may help development of:

Letter recognition.

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