Easy to Make Alphabet Discovery Bottle for Preschoolers

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


alphabet activity with recycled water bottle

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Shake it. See it. Shake it again! An alphabet discovery bottle is a fun way for preschoolers to explore the letters of the alphabet.

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

Kids get excited when they start to recognize letters, 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.

We don't make a habit of using bottled water, but any empty bottles on hand are often upcycled into crafts and other projects, like this letters of the alphabet activity. 

Keep one within easy reach for everyday play!

Alphabet discovery bottle

This sturdy early learning tool is easy to make with a water bottle and some foam letters of the alphabet. Kids can help make the toy for added hands-on literacy play.


Alphabet discovery bottle with foam letters preschool literacy activity


Learning through play


  • Drop the letters one at a time into the bottle. Feel the smoothness of the letters and their shapes. Listen to the sound of the letters dropping into the bottle.

  • Give the bottle a shake. Listen to the sound of the letters as they tumble around.

  • Twist the top snugly and lay the bottle on its side. Peek into the bottle to observe colors and shapes.


alphabet discovery bottle for early learners using foam letters



  • Arrange the letters in alphabetical order before adding to the bottle.

  • Spell out a word, then add it to the bottle.
  • Hold the bottle on its side. Roll the bottle gently to identify letters as they 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!


discovery bottle early learning literacy activity


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