23 Sensational Sand Play Ideas Your Kids will Love



#12. Scented Sand Paint

Kool Aid Sand Paint
Image courtesy of Learn Play Imagine

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 creates some colourful, sandy artwork. We have also been painting on tin foil – you can see our post here.


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#13. Sand Play and Social Skills

sand sensory challenge
Image courtesy of Preschool Powol Packets

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!

#14. Montessori Inspired Habitats

Sand sensory habitat
Image courtesy of Mama’s Happy Hive

A set of three 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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#15. Contact Paper and Sand Craft

Sand art
Image courtesy of Red Ted Art

Have you used contact paper for crafts? It is particularly great for children who are aged 2 years 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.

#16. 8 Benefits of Using Kinetic Sand in Therapy

sand play ideas kinetic sand
Image courtesy of Eating Richly

Have you ever heard of Kinetic Sand? You can mould 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. Eating Richly shows you how to make your own homemade version.

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#17. Sand Play Dough with Small Loose Parts

Sand play dough
Image courtesy of Mama Papa Bubba

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!

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#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.

#19. Rainbow Sand Slime

Sand Play Ideas - Rainbow Sand Slime
Image courtesy of Learn Play Imagine

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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#20. Fine Motor Sensory Play

sensory sand play
Image courtesy of Buggy and Buddy

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.

#21. Ocean Sensory Bin

Ocean sensory bin
Image courtesy of Fun Learning for Kids

Using simple ingredients, Fun Learning for Kids designed this fantastic ocean sensory bin which gives lots of opportunity for creative play.

#22. Sandcastle Playdough Kits

sandcastle play dough kits
Image courtesy of Mama Papa Bubba

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.

#23. Erupting Sand Foam Dough

Sand play ideas - Sand Foam Dough
Image courtesy of Learn Play Imagine

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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Do your children enjoy these sand play ideas and activities? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

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