Fun Outdoor Activities Using the Sandbox

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Using the sandbox is one of our most fun outdoor activities. In fact, since taking these photos, we’ve upgraded to a much larger sandbox that can hold many children. The sandbox is a place for children to learn social skills, not to mention strengthening fine motor skills. I love to sit near the sandbox and watch our young children collaborate as they build a sandcastle or make roads with the trucks. Toddlers enjoy scooping and pouring, over and over again. Older preschoolers use their imaginations as they build whatever comes to mind.

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Fun Outdoor Activities Using the Sandbox

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What type of sandbox?

For many years we had a simple round turtle sandbox that someone donated. We loved this sandbox and appreciated the “shell” (lid) that could be placed on top after use. (Hello, neighboring cats!) This sandbox would be great for a few children, but since we have many more, it simply was too small. We had to restrict them from actually getting inside because it got too cramped. They learned to sit outside the sand turtle and reach into it to play. Thanks to fundraising money, a couple of years ago we upgraded to a much larger sandbox, similar to this one.

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Fun Outdoor Activities Using the Sandbox

 

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What to add to your sandbox:

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In these photos, you will see the fun we had with a rain gutter. When I first started teaching, I read something about using a rain gutter for various activities. I purchased one at Home Depot and my husband sawed it in half. We have used these in so many different activities and I don’t think they will ever wear out!

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We also love:  Construction vehicles

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More sand ideas:

Sandbox Ideas from Happy Hooligans

Bury Magic Treasure Rocks from Growing a Jeweled Rose

Play an ABC Game with Alphabet Fossils from Playdough to Plato

Create a Construction Site from Craftulate

Make a Sand Volcano from Fun A Day

Keeping Your Sandbox Clean from Inner Child Fun

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preschool sandbox

 

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More ideas for young children:

 

quiet activities for preschoolers     preschool art with sticks      scented dough recipes

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About Sheryl Cooper

Sheryl Cooper is the founder of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds, a website full of activities for toddlers and preschoolers. She has been teaching this age group for over 15 years and loves to share her passion with teachers, parents, grandparents, and anyone with young children in their lives.

Comments

  1. I love this, and it’s always even better when I recognise all the equipment as something I already have! We have pipes & drains in the big sand area but like this idea too!