Try using these hands-on alphabet and number tracing boards with your favorite nature sensory bin filler for a fun way to learn how to write numbers and letters! Children will love tracing the numbers and sweeping the flower confetti pieces into the tracing board with a paint brush. This is a beautiful and inviting number recognition and fine motor activity that children will return to over and over again!
This activity can be tried during any season or theme! You can use cut up leaves or pine needles, bird seed, beans, beads, or any other sensory filler that fits your child’s interests or your classroom theme.
If you are worried about the mess and clean up, you can place the tracing board in a large tupperware bin and the sensory bits and pieces will be contained.
Ready to give this a try? Here’s what you’ll need..
- Flower confetti- Cut up flowers from a bouquet or your garden.
- Paint brush– You can try a variety of sizes and styles.
- Tracing boards– I purchased our boards from Target, but you can also find similar styles on Amazon or Etsy. You can find alphabet versions of this tracing board!
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Here’s How We Made Them:
The only thing you need to do ahead of time for this activity, is make your flower confetti. Just cut or tear flower petals to make these little flower pieces. Flower confetti is a great sensory filler for activities because it’s 100% biodegradable, it smells wonderful, and looks beautiful! Kids are immediately drawn to it!
Once your flower confetti is prepped, you will need to let it dry for a couple of days. This makes it much easier to sweep on the board.
To start the activity, just put your flower confetti in a pile on the center of the board.
Then, I gave my four year old a paint brush and he quickly discovered that if you sweep the flower confetti, it fills in the numbers and makes them stand out in the most beautiful way! He was really excited to fill in all the numbers!
He liked “cleaning up the tray” and sweeping away the excess pieces of confetti. This part kept him focused for a while.
Once the numbers were filled in, my son liked digging out the confetti pieces. He started out using his fingers to remove the flower bits and then moved on to the tracing stick. This was great for strengthening fine motor skills and practicing correct pencil grip!
When you are finished, you can store your flower confetti in a bag and save it for another activity!
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I hope you give this activity a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love it as much as my boys.