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SAND GAMES

 

SEASONAL TREASURE HUNTS
Young children love hunting for treasure. Occasionally bury small objects in the sand for your children to find.
Shells in the summer.
Acorns in the fall.
Shamrocks for Spring.
Small hearts for winter.
 
  
SIFTING FOR GOLD
Let your children pretend to be gold miners.
Paint very small rocks, gold.
Hide them in the sand.
Give your children small sifters to sift through the sand looking for gold.

DINOSAUR BONES
What child wouldn’t like searching for dinosaur bones.
Save old chicken bones.
Clean in hot soapy water.
Hide the bones in the sand.
Give your children small brushes to brush through the sand searching for bones.

 
PLANT A GARDEN
Give your children some plastic or silk flowers with 5”-6” stems.
Have your children sort the flowers, then plant them in the sand in different gardens..
Children can plant color gardens or different type flower gardens

BULLDOZERS
Give your children some small toys cars and trucks.
Have them make roads in the sand with
      Blocks
      A small spatula
      A sock filled partially with sand.

 
GOLF TEE PATTERNS
Let your children practice their patterning skills in the sand.
Set out some golf tees in two different colors.
Make a patterned line of golf tees and have your children take turns repeating your pattern.
When they understand the concept, let them make their own row of tees for someone else to copy.

BALL TOSS
Smooth out the sand and wedge a small container into the middle of the sand area.
Be sure the sand is even with the top of the container, like a golf hole.
Give a child a small ball or other small object and have them try to toss the ball into the container.
Let children take turns tossing the ball.
Variation: If the sand is really smooth, you could try letting your children roll the ball into the cup.