sand and water table to create a day at the beach in this fun learning activity. To prep for our activity, I took a bunch of dollar store shells and wrote the letters of each child's name on the back using a red sharpie. Then, I hid the shells along with some colored gems in our homemade sand (see the bottom of this post for our sand recipe).
The kids had a great time digging through the sand and searching for the letters of their names. This is a great activity for exploring different textures with the sand, smooth stones, and rough surfaces of the shells.
My 2-year-old began packing the shells with sand and using them to create prints in the sand. The sand is so soft that the kids have returned to this activity several times in the past few weeks. They've also used it for small world play with their dinosaurs and superheroes. I love watching their imaginations take over!
Homemade Sand Recipe (for sand table use):
8 cups wheat flour
8 cups white flour
3 cups baby oil
*Mix thoroughly in a large bowl
(I actually made half of this recipe and then had to double it to fill our table)
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