Sand Art 2 Allow the children to glue sand to a piece of paper to create a beach scene. Add white torn paper for clouds, colored torn paper for desert animals.
Sand letters Place a thin layer on sand in the bottom of a jelly roll pan. Have the children make a letter in the bottom of the pan, or draw a picture.
Sand Science Supply the children with both wet and dry sand to feel. Have them describe the differences.
Wet Sand You will need two similar containers. Measure out 1/2 cup of sand add to each container, add 1/4 cup of water to each. Place one container in the sun and one in the shade. Ask the children what will happen to the sand.
Sand Paint Add sand to your paint to give it a different texture.
Magnifying Sand Let the children look at sand under a magnifying glass or even better a microscope. Explain that each grain of sand is really a tiny rock. Many different kinds of rock can be found in sand.
Fossil Feet To make fossil feet, fill a paper cup half full with damp sand. Press the foot of a large plastic toy animal such as a dinosaur or lion into the sand so you can see the footprint in the sand. Pour plaster of paris into the cup and allow to dry. When dry, the fossils are ready. Peal away cup and remove most of the sand.
Fossil Feet Search Place your fossil feet into the sand table and have the children search for fossils.
Children Fossil Feet Fill a dishpan with about three inches of damp sand. Have the child press their foot into the sand to make an impression. Pour plaster of paris into the footprint and allow to dry. Write the child's initials and date into the plaster of paris with a small pointed object. When dry, the fossils are ready. Remove from the dishpan and remove sand from print.
Dinosaur Bones (idea by Greatest Resource) Hide clean chicken bones in sand. Have the children dig them up. (You can sanitize bones by boiling them in a mixture of bleach and water. Leave out overnight to dry thoroughly.)
Dinosaur Dig (idea by Greatest Resource) Add plastic dinosaurs to the sand and have an archaeological dig.
Hiding Game (idea by Greatest Resource) Ask 2 or 3 of your children to make mounds in the sand at the sand table. Then have the children close their eyes while you hide a small plastic toy in one of the mounds. Have the children open their eyes and search in the mounds of sand for the toy. Let the child who finds the toy first hide it the next time.
Working On the Railroad (idea by Greatest Resource) Show your children how to draw railroad tracks in the sand with craft sticks or unsharpened pencils. Have them make the tracks go up hills, down valleys and around corners. Then give the children small toy trains to run over the tracks.
Search for fossils Place pasta noodles in the sand table. Hide the pasta in the sand and ask the children to look for the dinosaur fossils (pasta).
Shoveling Sand Have the children use plastic hand shovels and buckets in the sandbox or in the sand table. If you have different sized buckets ask the children which bucket will hold the most? Test your hypothesis.
Construction The children can build roads, mountains, caves, cities, holes, or whatever they can dream up. Add a variety of plastic toys to encourage creative play. Farm animals, dinosaurs, plastic people, cars, trains etc.
Weighing Sand If you have a balance compare two containers of sand. Which weighs more. If you have a scale, fill many containers with sand and ask the children which will weigh the most. Show them how to weigh the sand.
Pouring Sand Provide many different containers for the children to experiment with. The children can pour the sand from one container to another. Sifting Sand Provide the children with sifters in the sandbox. The children can pretend they are construction workers, bakers etc.
Weighing wet/dry sand Have the children compare the weight of wet vs dry sand.