Thursday, July 10, 2014

Shell Names - Beach Sensory Activity and Homemade Sand Recipe

This Summer has been filled with beach and ocean activities. While looking up different activities, I came across this Shell Letter Matching activity and I just knew that I had to try it with the kids! My Daycare Kids had so much fun with this.  My 2-year-old loved getting his hands into our homemade sand and the older kids loved digging for buried treasure!
Shell Names - Beach Sensory Activity and Homemade Sand Recipe - Mamas Like Me  
We used our favorite 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).
Shell Names - Beach Sensory Activity and Homemade Sand Recipe - Mamas Like Me
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. 
Shell Names - Beach Sensory Activity and Homemade Sand Recipe - Mamas Like Me
I gave each of them a card with their name on it so the 3-year-old's would have a reference to match their shells to and create their names.  It was fun to watch their excitement when they found their letters and realized that some of them shared letters.  "Look, Mommy, I have an 'a' and Sean has an 'a'!"
Shell Names - Beach Sensory Activity and Homemade Sand Recipe - Mamas Like Me
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!
Shell Names - Beach Sensory Activity and Homemade Sand Recipe - Mamas Like Me

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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1 comment:

  1. I am definitely going to do this one! Thanks for the ideas!

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