Practice letter writing with bubbles and sprinkles! This fun activity not only works out little hands by engaging their fine-motor skills, but it also helps with coordination AND encourages ingenuity as use they everyday items in new and interesting ways. This project was inspired by the amazing blog Teach Beside Me and utilizes the wildly popular resin sprinkle letters from Happi Crafts that range from $7 to $80 with lots of design options!
Recommended age is 4+ because it requires a good amount of coordination to pinch and release the balloon to write properly.
- Large bowl, plastic bin, or casserole dish
- Dish Soap
- Pen or marker with no ink left
- Duct tape
- Waterproof letter prompts (can also use any type of letter prompt here, just lay them next to the bowl instead of submerging them if they’re not waterproof.)
- Remove the ink chamber in the pen or marker till just the casing is left. Wash all the residual ink away, if any. Leave the casing open at both ends.
- Secure the balloon onto the non-writing end of the casing with duct tape.
- Add a squirt of dish soap to the bowl and fill with water so bubble form.
- If you’re using waterproof letter prompts, put them in the water.
- Scoop away excess bubbles if you have too many, then blow up the balloon through the casing.
- Instruct or show your child how to pinch and release the opening of the balloon to control the flow of air.
- Have them fetch a letter from the bowl, submerge just the tip of the casing, and release some air while drawing the letter!
Though this is a very fun activity because every kid would love bubble writing, it also sneaks in a lot of different types of learning. Not only does it support letter forming and recognition, but it also engages fine motor muscles and encourages coordination skills. Since blowing up the balloon is easier with the casing mouthpiece than without, it encourages independence and confidence. Setting up these types of unique activities encourage creative thinking, ingenuity, and resourcefulness.