My boys love rice. And surprises. I buried the letters from an alphabet puzzle in a bin of rice and J went on a letter hunt.
This is great for sensory input, letter recognition, and puzzle practice. Not so great for mess, but that’s what outside is for (or a blanket).
J was most engaged when I hid one letter at a time. You could also do this with
- sight words
- any objects your kids love
And of course, always IN the bin.