Alphabet Discovery Bottle Kids Can Easily Make

Kids can explore the alphabet with a discovery bottle. Recycle a water bottle to make this craft that's fun to use over and over again. This simple literacy activity provides hands-on learning with sensory and fine motor play.

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This simple alphabet activity uses foam letters and a recycled water bottle to provide a hands-on early learning experience. 

We don't make a habit of using bottled water but the empty bottles on hand can be upcycled into crafts and other projects. 

Alphabet discovery bottle

Kids get excited when they start to recognize letters of the alphabet, especially the letters in their names. You can help kids spot familiar letters in your day to day activities.

  • Look for letters on the cereal box, a road sign, or a favorite book cover.
  • Play games and sing songs with an ABC theme.

An alphabet discovery bottle is another way to support early literacy skills.




Alphabet discovery bottle with foam letters preschool literacy activity


  • plastic water bottle
  • foam letters



1. Drop the letters one at a time into the bottle. Listen to the sound of the letters dropping into the bottle.

2. Twist the top snugly and lay the bottle on its side. Peek into the bottle to identify letters!

alphabet discovery bottle for early learners using foam letters


Learning through play
  • Arrange the letters in alphabetical order, or spell words, before adding to the bottle.
  • Give the bottle a shake to mix up the letters.
  • Listen to the sound of the letters as they tumble around.
  • Hold the bottle on its side and roll gently to see new letters appear.

There are lots of learning opportunities in this quiet time activity that provides sensory, cognitive and fine motor play. Keep this within easy reach of your early learner!


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