Play based preschool curriculum ideas that start with the letter I

Sensory Bin

I will admit, this was a challenging one for me. Thank goodness it fell on a week that was short πŸ˜‚. This was the week leading into Thanksgiving, so we only had 2 days worth of activities. As always, let’s start with sensory bin!

For the outdoor letter match sensory bin, I used my Zoo-Phonics themed Inch worm alphabet match. You can get them here.


Every time I create this one, I change it up a bit. Typically I place mounds of plain oats in sections to replicate islands. However, I had just made this batch of blue rice and didn’t want them to get mixed up. (I try to reuse my fillers as much as possible). So I used these super pretty rocks from amazon as the island instead.


As I mentioned…it was a short week πŸ˜‚. We are already at science!

Island-Loose parts, open ended play

If I haven’t said it in previous posts, I LOVE these!!! I have a whole set A-Z in my TpT shop and they are ABSOLUTELY something you need in your home/class. Kids will stay busy for hours!

  • Open ended play pages
  • Random assortment of loose parts:
  • Balancing rocks
  • Seashell “eggs” (from the Dollar Tree during Easter)
  • Blue nautical buttons (Amazon)
  • Plastic toy crabs
  • Palm trees
  • Etc.

Provide a basket of loose parts and have kids use the variety of pages to build and create.


This was so much cuter in person. Combine 2 cups of corn starch with 1/2 cup of baby oil. Add glitter if desired. Have kids use the fake snow to build igloos!

Dramatic play


I was not very impressed with myself on this one, but the show must go on πŸ˜‚.

Other activities

Snag these Back to school basics in my TpT shop (digital download), or have them printed, spiral bound, and delivered strait to your door from my Etsy shop.

Need a great book for your letter of the week circle time? Check out my children’s alphabet picture book series on Amazon ABC Discovery

Here’s a sneak peek below

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