10 Sand Play Ideas for the Summer
Sand is a staple in any setting. It goes hand in hand with water and children just love it. It can be used as simply as it is or be mixed with water, adding stones and logs for a dinosaur swamp. Add construction vehicles, buckets and spades, bury pirate treasure in it or letter or number hunts, add dinosaur bones and fossils to sand for children to uncover. Sand makes a great base for tray play. Why not mark make on the sand?
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Here are 10 sand play ideas for the summer:
- Digging for Fossils and Bones
Digging in sand to look for fossils and bones is always popular. This could also be a digging for treasure activity or digging for hidden letters? What will you discover? Add brushes and scoops to enable children to dig and brush like a paleontologist.
2. Messy Mark Making
Add sand and water and get mixing and swirling making mark using fingers, sticks or brushes.
3. Small World Play
Create a sealife or ocean theme with sand and water. Add pebbles, shells and sea creatures, sharks for a small world scene to explore. You could extend this by adding pirates or mermaids. Sand also makes a great base for Dinosaur Worlds.
4. Exploring and Counting Shells & Pebbles
5. Loose Parts
Explore ocean-themed loose parts on sand as a great natural base. What can you create?
6. Construction Play
Add bamboo ramps to your sand play - encourage children to see what happens when you tip sand down the chute. Add wooden balls or conkers or shells - will they roll down the chute too?
8. Buckets and Spades
9. Make a Sand Kitchen
Get messy and add lots of water to make sand pies, tea or soup! A great sensory activity for little ones with some added role play to make sand pies and soup. Sand soup?...Yes please!
10. Mandalas and Transient Art on Sand
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