Posted on Apr 24, 2014 in Developmental Skills | Comments Off
Practicing spelling, sight words and math facts can get tedious for children. When it seems as if they are reluctant to tackle that new spelling list, learn the week’s sight words or practice those fundamental math facts look for ways to re-engage them by adding a fun twist to your routine. My Sand Box is the perfect solution; it can be used so many different ways for daily play, to encourage creativity and to make learning fun.
We use My Sand Box to liven up our homework and study time. Put away the paper and pencils and allow your child to use a paintbrush or their fingertips to write in the sand tray. It’s a great sensory experience and a wonderful way to liven things up for tactile learners. Practice those weekly spelling lists in a way that feels more like play than work when you reveal the colorful patterns with each letter that is written, then just smooth out the sand when done and you are ready to write the next word. Simple and effective spelling practice.
Another great way to use My Sand Box is by turning it into a sight word hunt. To do this simply write target words on tracing paper, place it on top of the patterned board and cover completely with the sand.
The sand box is also a great creative outlet and independent activity for children. My daughter enjoys drawing pictures in the sand. The feel of the sand is very calming for her and allows her to be creative and see what she can make using her fingertips, a paintbrush or one of the tools that come with the sandbox.