23 Sensational Sand Play Ideas Your Kids will Love


12. Scented Sand Paint

This is a super cool painting activity that not only stimulates sight and touch, it also stimulates smell! Using tin foil for their canvas Learn Play Imagine create some colourful, sandy artwork. We have also been painting on tin foil, over at Learning and Exploring Through Play – you can see our post here.

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Image via Learn Play Imagine

13. Sand Play and Social Skills

This post captured me as it screamed out the understanding and importance of child led play. It shows perfectly what play is all about and the opportunities we need to be giving children to support healthy development.

Preschool Powol Packets show us a very simple invitation to play that ended up being a very successful play session. They also created quick sand, a fabulous combination of science and sensory fun!

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Image via Preschool Powol Packets

14. Montessori Inspired Habitats

A set of 3 Montessori inspired habitats from Mamas Happy Hive. From the Artic, to the Forest, to Africa here are three amazing sand set ups you should really check out!

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Image via Mamas Happy Hive

15. Contact Paper and Sand Craft

Have you used contact paper for crafts? It is particularly great for children who are aged 2 yrs and under. Since it’s already sticky, there’s no need to use glue! Red Ted Art gets creative and makes some beautiful ‘under the sea’ themed cards.


Image via Red Ted Art

16. 8 Benefits of Using Kinetic Sand in Therapy

Have you ever heard of Kinetic Sand? You can mold it and create structures. Squeeze it in your hands and it hardens but as soon as you release it ‘melts’. It has the properties of wet sand however it is not wet. It sticks to itself but Kinetic sand is not sticky. Here we look at all the benefits this sensory material has to offer.

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Image via Michaels

17. Sand Play Dough with Small Loose Parts

Oh the absolute beauty of this activity! A no cook playdough, from Mama Papa Bubba, that resembles a sandy beach and lots of accessories for creating patterns and mark making. From sea shells, to glass nuggets, to sea glass this activity is delightful and well worth taking a look at!

If you like loose parts play we have a great post over on our Learning & Exploring Through Play blog that you should read.

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Image via Mama Papa Bubba

18. Lizard Small World Play

Dry bed creeks are found all across Australia. They are essential for directing water from rain during the wet season. Here is a small world dry creek play set up for Lizards, we did at Learning and Exploring Through Play.

If you like the Lizard Small world play why not check out the following small worlds, all using sand as their base: Turtle Small WorldAnts and Anthills Small World and Dinosaur Small World.

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Image via Learning and Exploring Through Play

19. Rainbow Sand Slime

Slime is an interesting, therapeutic, calming sensory media that in this activity has a twist. Adding rainbow coloured sand, like Learn Play Imagine, and a new texture was born! Simple Fun For Kids have also enjoyed some super stretchy sandy slime.

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Image via Learn Play Imagine

20. Fine Motor Sensory Play

A different, interesting way to mark make from Buggy and Buddy. Not only can you use a tray like this for free play drawing, you can also use it to practice letter and number formation and spellings.

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Image via Buggy and Buddy

21. Moon Sand

Using simple ingredients, Multicrafting Mummy show you how to create your very own moon sand. How will your little ones decide to play?

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Image via Multicrafting Mummy

22. Sandcastle Playdough Kits

If you enjoy making gifts that little ones will love, then these sandcastle playdough kits by Mama Papa Bubba are adorable! A cute token for some hands on creativity.

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Image via Mama Papa Bubba

23. Erupting Sand Foam Dough

In this erupting sand foam dough play activity, Learn Play Imagine shows us how to use inexpensive household ingredients to fill your morning with amazing sensory play.

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Image via Learn Play Imagine

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Over to you! Let us know your favourite sand activities in the comments below.

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