Yes, it can be messy, but we promise it’s better than slime! And, there are learning and skill-building components!
Hunt for Buried Treasure
- Get a large tub or storage organizer (the ones that are used for under-the-bed storage work great) and fill it with as much kinetic sand as you feel appropriate.
- Bury a variety of items under the sand. Things like magnets, Hotwheels, barbie shoes, etc.
- Let your younger kids just start digging and see what they find. For the older ones, consider creating a scavenger hunt list and encourage them to check off, or write down what they find as they find it.
- Oh, and bonus points for upcycling a plastic wipes container with gold spray paint to act like your treasure chest!
Go on an Alphabet Hunt
- Follow step one from the ‘Hunt for Buried Treasure’ activity.
- Instead of random items, bury letter magnets, or even small letter beads (note any choking hazards for our littlest ones) in the sand.
- Write the letters on a sheet of paper.
- Have our kiddos find the letters and match them up by laying them next to the letters you’ve written on the paper.
Practice Writing Letters & Numbers
- Dump the kinetic sand into a shallow container. One that is long, preferably square or rectangle, but the sides, while still keeping the kinetic sand contained, are short.
- Next, layout objects that start with each letter of the alphabet and encourage your child to go through from A-Z and write the letter each object starts with in the sand.
- Simply put, kinetic sand is just more fun than a dry-erase board. It’s also an easy, reusable way for kids to practice basic writing skills.
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