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Fish 'n Find Alphabet Soup

Duration: any

Age: toddler, child

Skill for Bub: Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun, Mind Builder


Cook up boredom-busting fun with foam letters, a soup pot and a ladle.

Keeping restless and hungry children occupied (without TV) while trying to get dinner on the table is one of parenting’s greatest challenges. This in-the-kitchen fishing expedition is sure to keep your children entertained while you cook. Plus, it’s great for developing hand-eye coordination for kids of all ages, helps siblings bond, and lets your older child feel a sense of accomplishment by helping baby learn. (You may need to reinforce that last fact, so Big Sister or Brother doesn’t feel left out of the fun.)

Get it Simmering

  • Gather store-bought foam letters or make your own by cutting out stenciled letters from a sheet of foam.
  • Fill a large soup pot or plastic container with water and letters.
  • Place a towel on the kitchen floor or other the surface where your children will be fishing to prevent it from getting wet.
  • Let your younger child fish for the letters using a soup ladle.
  • When he retrieves a letter, have your older child announce the letter and a word that begins with it. (Example: “You’ve found a B! Balloons, bananas, bears!”) For much older children, have them come up with an item found only in the kitchen that begins with that letter.

They’ll be having so much fun that they’ll forget about all about dinner!