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Sand sensory box…guest writer Daisy of Two Little Seeds


We are so happy to welcome Daisy with us today as she shares her post on creating a stimulating sensory box with sand.

A bit about Daisy…

A sling wearing, breastfeeding, cloth nappy wearing , eco mum  to two little boys. I normally work part-time teaching primary children but I am currently on maternity leave. We grow organic veg and tend to our huge garden. Blogging has given me a new focus away from the endless nights of broken sleep. I feel complete synchronization with my boys when we do our daily activities together and have finally found maternal contentment.


Sand Sensory Box and Extension Ideas

When I used to work with Pre-schoolers I used large plastic Builders’ Trays as
sensory tubs. How great to see mothers using minature versions with small plastic boxes!
As it’s tricky getting to the beach with a baby I brought the beach to Big Seed.
This is great when it rains.
This is what I used inside:
Pebble from beach
Shells and driftwood sticks
Dried seaweed
Red and green glass beads
Round and square shaped baby food tubs as miniature sand moulds
To keep his interest and expand this I have a box of things ready
to swap or add things in:
Mini sieve
Large sieve
Large shell
Plastic crab
Small funnel
Salt scoop
1/2 cup sized scoop
Cookie cutter – great in wet sand
Wooden cup
Selection of miniature diggers
When these are used up, the imagination and creativity can really get going when you add things that you normally would not associate with sand:
Cars to show different tracks in the sand
Little plastic dolls
Jungle animals; especially camels, tigers etc
Balls, marbles,
Jewelry from Charity Shops to hide for treasure
Cake moulds, cooking equipment
…and the list goes on.
Add two types of things that wouldn’t normally go together:
i.e. marbles and cake moulds… and you might get pretty decorated sand cakes,
or this lends to games being made up.
Have lots of fun together!

To learn more about Daisy please stop by her space…

Two Little Seeds
2 Comments leave one →
  1. 06.30.2010 9:00 am

    Love all your ideas…. Here in Utah we have red “jurassic sand” as well…. I bury plaster molds in the sand for kids to discover… We use cheap contractor paint brushes from the dollar store to gently uncover the treasures…. They love brushing patterns in the sand as well. I have also used plastic bugs and magnifying glasses to go on a bug hunt and miniature sea shells, starfish and sea glass for beach combing… I found great old jello molds at the local thrift shop. They make fantastic sand castles and cakes…..

    Thanks for the inspiration

  2. 06.30.2010 10:39 am

    Great ideas also Amy, thanks for commenting! Laura

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