Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Toddler activities: Exploring the sea with colorful, homemade sand

Toddler activities: Exploring the sea with colorful, homemade sand sensory play
I'm really excited to write about a fun activity I had set up for the Toddler! We made homemade, colorful sand! 


Toddler activities: Exploring the sea with colorful, homemade sand


This week in Tot School, we are focusing on an Under the Sea theme, and we used this sensory bin to explore crabs, seashells, and our homemade sand. 

Toddler activities: Exploring the sea with colorful, homemade sand

The 'sand' was really easy to make - I grated some chalk and mixed that with some flour, a little bit of baby oil, and sprinkled some glitter on top for extra color! Easy, peasy, and loads of fun! The texture was definitely different than natural sand, and had some chunks due to the grated chalk. I did like that we were able to add some color though without using food colouring. 


We got out our sand toys, and had a blast pouring and scooping, as it tends to go with our sensory activities. 



And we got even more play out of it the next morning!

This activity let us explore these topics: 

Texture - We explored the textures of the different seashells in the the sand - some were rough, some were smoothe. We also talked about the texture of the sand. We actually did this activity in conjuncture with some water play, which I'll be posting about in our Sunday, Tot School post! 

Colors- we talked about how the crabs were different colors, and that there was both green and blue sand. 

Counting -we counted the crabs, the sea shells, the amount of times the Toddler scooped the sand. 

Size - we compared the sizes of the sea shells - some were small, others were larger. 

Fine motor skills - I really love that sensory activities help the Toddler to develop his fine motor skills! We are playing and having loads of fun, but at the same time, we are developing muscles that will later let him learn to do activities like tying his shoes! Isn't that amazing? I love when we are able to combine educational activities with good ole fun! 


For more tot school activities and toddler fun, visit my Toddler activities page. 

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Thanks for reading, 
Yuliya