Sensory play is a major component of our play and learning in preschool. While playing in the sand, children can measure sand and map out roads developing spatial relationships. Pouring, dumping, gathering, scooping and packing works on small and large motor skills. Don’t forget the social benefits of sharing, interacting and cooperating. Treasure Sand sensory play is just plain fun but also incorporates sorting, collecting and the concept of sifting. By adding different materials to the sand, we can work on different skills.
Treasure Sand Sensory Play
This play set of coins, jewels, and handle sifters, unfortunately, has been discontinued since I bought it, but it can easily be reconstructed. See suggested resources at the bottom of this post. It’s important to have fine, clean sand for this activity so the sand can easily be sifted.
Sand play should be available often for children ages 18 months and up. It is excellent when sand or water play can be provided daily. It’s even better when different activities can be offered such as, washing dolls, floating toys, or pouring.
More Sensory Play Ideas
- Chalk Rocks Art & Sensory
- Black & White Panda Bear Sensory Bin
- Fizzy Ice Science & Sensory
- Dinosaur Egg Sensory Bin
- Sponges in the Water Table