Monday, August 6, 2012

Using Sand to Learn Letters for Sensory Fun

Hubby had to work last weekend and it finally RAINED!  This was great news for all the plant-life struggling to survive, but this meant I had to come up with some things to keep us busy inside.

We've always had lots of fun with sand, but this time I decided to try something new.  I hid a bunch of magnetic letters in the sand while Munchkin Girl had her eyes closed.  She had to dig around and find them, one by one and once she pulled them out, she arranged them on a cake pan.  Since they were magnetic, they stuck nicely to it.


activities for preschoolers





easy crafts for kids with learning letters

Once we got enough letters, we started making words with them.  We made CAT and then pulled off the C and replaced it with a B and so on.

Now you might be wondering if this sand in the house made a mess.  Not really.  Every once in awhile a little bit of sand gets flicked out, but she has worked with sand enough to know that if she makes a mess, we stop playing.  I even have a small dust pan handy so that she can clean up her own messes!

Honestly, she didn't stick with the letters for long though...she ended up filling up that butterfly with sand and pretending she was making cookies.  I have learned never to interfere with her imagination!  In fact, I got out a few more cookie cutters so she could make even more cookies.  If she's playing happily, I make it a point never to interrupt!  Even if I was secretly trying to get her to work on letters!




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3 comments:

  1. OMG mommy sand sand...I don't know if my ocd type A will be able to hand sand.....

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  2. I like that you used magnetic letters with a cake pan. That is very clever. The sand adds a sense of fun and mystery.

    : 0 ) Theresa
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