Sensory Lowercase Letter Soup is a game we play where the girls pretend to make soup, but I sneak in some learning. Learning is so much better when it's organically intertwined with kids' play because it's always fun and goes in new imaginative directions. Each time can be different!
In Lowercase Letter Soup, the egg carton has letters written in each space and I only include those 12 letters in the soup. It is more successful and engaging when every letter they find has a home. Kids sometimes resist doing an activity that is visually overwhelming or has too many steps. Keeping it to 12 letters makes the task doable for little kids. Also, the egg carton serves as a reminder of how many other letters are left. The egg carton can even be a math component: noticing there are 12 spots in the egg carton, how many the child has found already, and how many empty spots are left.
I loved how Big Sis made it her own and began creating words from the letters. I hadn't even explored that idea, and suddenly she looked up at me and said, "Mom, I wrote the word red!" If you make sure to include a few vowels in your sensory soup bin, kids can use them to make short 3-4 letters words of their own. How many different words can you make?