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Alphabet Sensory Play| Egg Smash

Alphabet Sensory Play| Egg Smash

Looking for a fun way to learn and play with letters? We love a good Alphabet Sensory Play Activity.

Inspired by an awesome eggshell shape smash activity from @raisingdragons4, we created our own letter match and smash sensory bin. Coco identified uppercase letters written on paper, found the matching eggshells, then smashed them with a little hammer! We added colored shaving cream to some of the eggshells for an extra surprise and some much needed messy play. 

Egg Shell Smash Setup


  • Sensory bin/bowl. We used our Flisat Table from Ikea
  • Egg shells (Note: We carefully cracked the eggs throughout the previous month when making breakfast, rinsed the shells and left them out to dry)
  • Hammer (or smashing tool of your choice)
  • Paper
  • Sharpie
  • Shaving Cream + Food coloring (We placed this in ~10 eggs for a little added surprise)
Egg Shell Smash

Find the “Just Right Challenge”

Coco is ~2.5, and is just starting to show interest in learning her ABC’s. In this activity, she is working on matching the letters she picked from the bin. When trying this activity at home, try to select a challenge that is “just right” (not too easy and not too hard) for your kiddo to boost engagement.

Here are some examples in order of complexity:

  • Matching upper case letters to upper case letters
  • Matching lower case letters to upper case letters
  • Matching letters in name and using them to spell name

Get creative! But if your kiddo is mostly motivated by smashing the eggies, don’t forget to just let them PLAY!

We added some more shaving cream at the end of the activity for more fun!

You can draw letters in the shaving cream as well!

Perform activities recommended by Walk, Talk, Play at your own risk with appropriate adult supervision provided. Walk, Talk, Play is not responsible for any injury caused while performing these play activities. 

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