Bath Time Foam Letters, Numbers, and Shapes
I am always on the lookout for preschool learning activities that can easily be replicated at home for a fraction of the cost. So when I saw a package of foam bath letters and numbers at the store for $8, I knew could easily make these at home for much, much less using colored foam sheets from a dollar store. In fact, if you do the math for the materials I used to make letters (which was only 12 of the small sheets), these only cost me $0.40 altogether. Yes….only 40 cents!!! How awesome is that?!? They were a snap to make since I just free-handed the letters, but you could easily use a stencil, as well as make numbers and shapes….and still not spend more than a $1! Best part, this is a bath time activity that is not only fun for your preschooler, it’s additional learning time (my preschool LOVES using these letters in the tub). Plus, there are a variety of activities you can do depending on your preschooler’s age and interest (I listed a handful of learning activities towards the bottom of this post). Of course, these foam letters, numbers, and shapes can be used outside the tub, too. And despite them costing so little, they’ve held up extremely well to the preschool torture testing (meaning my preschooler hasn’t torn a single one to date, and I made these weeks ago!!). Here’s what you’ll need to make these colorful bath time foam letters (numbers and shapes):
- Foam Sheets (I got a package of 30 foam sheets for a $1)
- Pen/Pencil/Marker (to draw or trace letters, numbers, shapes onto the foam sheets)
- Letter, number, shape stencils (optional- if you don’t want to free hand them or want them to look uniform; I didn’t have any on hand, which explains their uneven shapes and sizes)
Step 1: Using a pen, pencil, or marker, trace a stencil letter, number, or shape or dare to free-hand them.
- TIP: If you have stencils on hand, it would be a great way to get your preschooler involved in the process, plus give an opportunity for extra practice those fine motor skills. In addition, it’ll give them extra letter recognition time.
- TIP: To add a little more fun and creativity to this activity, make a variety of shapes (small, medium, large- circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, etc.). This way your preschooler can create pictures with them while enjoying bath time.
Step 2: Once you have all the letters, numbers, and shapes traced/drawn, cut them out.
- TIP: Again, here’s another opportunity to include your preschooler in on the preparation for this activity while also working on those fine motor and hand-eye coordination skills cutting them out of the foam.
- You can work on letter (number/ shape) recognition by having your preschooler find the given letter (number/ shape).
- You can work on name recognition and spelling, having your preschooler spell his/her name with the letters.
- You can have your preschooler work on spelling and recognizing site words.
- You can work on number recognition and counting by having your preschooler match the number with the correct number of circles, for instance: