Enjoy hands-on learning with a simple icy letter sounds activity. Perfect for science, sensory and alphabet early learning play. Kids have fun practicing letter recognition, letter sounds, and fine motor skills while engaging in water sensory play. Make learning letter sounds fun and easy for kids with an ice melt science experiment. Make sure to check out all our fun ice melt activities.


Letter Sounds Activity and Ice Melt Experiment for kids preschool literacy and science ideas

Icy Sensory Play For Hands-On Learning and Play


  • Alphabet letters. These are from a foam dollar store puzzle!
  • Items that represent the sounds made by each letter. This can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be a toy! It just need to be able to get wet. For a couple I had to improvise and used play dough stamps with the letter.
  • Squirt bottle, baster, eye dropper, and/or squeeze bottle.
  • Bin to hold the ice tower and catch the water.


  • Cut the top off a milk carton.
  • Place a few items in the bottom and add a bit of water.
  • Freeze until solid.
  • Repeat in small layers until complete.
  • Simply tear the carton away.
  • Place in bin and get set to play!

letter sounds icy tower set up

Letter Sounds Activity and Alphabet Sensory Search Play

The action speaks for itself! I encourage Liam to rotate through the different fine motor tools to work on different skills. He loves the squeeze bottle the best! Basters are great too! Squeeze bottles are a bit more difficult to master, but it is great fine motor practice. Liam felt very satisfied when he learned how to use the spray bottle!

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As he freed different letters and objects, he identified the letters and made their sounds! He also picked out the first letter of each object and identified the sound it made. Great hands-0n learning in a playful way.

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Combining sensory play, fine motor skills, and letter activities all in one accomplishes so much in a short amount of time. This is perfect as a parent and even more perfect that it is still all about play!

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Extending The Letter Sounds Activity

  • match objects to letters
  • come up with a different word for each letter
  • count the objects
  • try a sink or float experiment with the objects and have your child guess first what will sink or float
  • add cups for dumping and filling
  • add a small bowl next to the bin and practice transferring water with the baster or eye dropper
  • add ice cubes and a set of tongs and practice transferring the ice to the bowl

Although this activity was intended to work on letter sounds, there are so many ways to extend the learning and play while keeping it novel. One simple sensory play activity can cover science, literacy, math, fine motor skills and so much more. Have fun and be creative with your ice towers!


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