Homemade Beach Sand Sensory Bin – DIY Tutorial

The last few weeks we’ve been talking about the beach and ocean with the 3 year old co-op class. Talking about it is fun, but getting a chance to play in the sand is even better, right? Unless you live hours and hours from the beach and you don’t want to buy a ginormous bag of sand.

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Instead we made something quick and so simple (I promise you this is so easy!!), that kids can help make it with you.  AND If they ingest a little, it will be ok too, since it uses non-toxic ingredients!

homemade beach sand sensory box fun

Items Needed for Homemade Beach Sand:

  • 5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 to 1 cup cooking oil (we used coconut oil)
  • mixing bowl
  • large plastic tub or trays
  • Seashells Toob or real seashells
  • Plastic crabs (I wouldn’t recommend real ones – grins)

Mix the flour and the oil together in a mixing bowl (dear moms, this can be highly therapeutic and relaxing – just sayin’). You can add up to 1 cup of oil to your ‘sand’ – it just depends on how sticky you would like it to be.

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The kids in our class loved it. We added a bunch of seashells and a mini crab to the bin just for fun, along with a few things to scoop and build little sandcastles. Our homemade beach sand is stored in a 15 quart Rubbermaid container (we made 3 batches).

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When there were too many kids wanting to play in the bin, we poured some out on a tray so they could continue with the fun. You can see from the picture above that the ‘sand’ does a great job sticking together so kids can form and create, just like they can with real sand!

Free Ocean Printable Pack

Ocean CollageIf you’re planning a beach or ocean theme, you might be interested in the Ocean Printable Pack.

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Find more fun Preschool Packs on my website along with many other helpful {and free} Preschool Printables. Enjoy!

 

Note: This beach sand recipe does contain gluten, so those of you with gluten-free kiddos will obviously not want to use this. Sorry!

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Nature Fun with Kids – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

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Several of you linked up some neat nature learning ideas last week – and I wanted to make sure they were seen!

bark painting from Nicola on Tuesday

This bark painting idea from An Idea on a Tuesday – oh my goodness. I love the rustic look and all the fun that kids can have painting on pieces of bark. Not only will you be getting outdoors to find your ‘canvas’, but you’ll have a cool piece of artwork at the end.

abc tree blocks from Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes

If you have a few trees in a brush pile, you could use slices of them to make these ABC Tree blocks that Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes shares. It’s also a great way to squeeze a little science in by checking out the tree’s rings and how old it was!

nature exploration mommyhood

Nature tables and sensory bins are another great way to bring the outdoors inside and enjoy some hands-on learning. Welcome to Mommyhood shares her thoughts on how slowing down and enjoying the time with her son helped them connect in so many different ways. (Some good thoughts!).

That’s the summary from last week – what have you been up to recently?

 

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Brown Bear Activities, Dinosaurs, and a Free Apple Journal – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

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This week there are some fun book activities to share as well as some fabulous learning printables. Be sure to check out the many links below for additional learning ideas to use with your children!

Montessori-Inspired-Brown-Bear-Brown-Bear-Activities

Brown Bear, Brown Bear is one of those books that kids just love! Living Montessori Now has a HUGE collection of ideas to use when reading the book with your kids.

dinosaur fossils

Dinosaur fossils are so much fun! Visit Pinay Homeschooler for some hands-on learning ideas to use when learning about dinosaurs.

applebooklet

Our kids loved making paper bag books and Spell Outloud has a FREE apple journal that you can download to use this fall with your kids!

That’s the quick roundup for this week! Please share what you’ve been doing with your kids and classroom – I’d love to highlight your learning fun too!

 

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Preschool Theme Ideas, Alphabet Games, and Sunflower Crafts – Preschool and Kindergarten Community

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My brain is slowly getting back in the preschool gear. I tell you, switching between an apple theme for preschool and grading high school lit papers is enough to make my brain start smoking! You all had some fun links last week, and here are a few to highlight.

preschool themes

If you need some preschool theme ideas to get your brain going, be sure to check out this list from School Time Snippets. Several of them are based on the seasons, but there are quite a few you might forget (like me) and it’s a great reminder! I plan on putting this list to good use over the next few weeks!

apple punch game

Have some fun with this Alphabet Quest game from Mama Casale – I know our kids would have loved this and there are so many different things you could do with this setup besides alphabet learning!

Last week our 3 year old co-op class had some great fun using several apple crafts and activities. From do-a-dot pages to a fun handprint craft, we had a pile of things to send home for mom and dad!

sunflower craft

A local field was FULL of sunflowers recently – which just made this paper plate sunflower craft from In the Playroom jump out at me. Sunflowers just make me smile!

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35 Apple Crafts and Activities for Children

September is a great time to use apples in your teaching time. There are an abundance of apple crafts, recipes, activities, and printables.

35 Apple crafts and activities for preschool and kindergarten


Here is a collection of 35+ apple crafts and activities that have been shared during the Preschool and Kindergarten Community over the last few years.

Apple Crafts

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Apple Activities

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Apple Snacks & Cooking

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Apple Sensory Bins & Playdough

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Apple Book Units

Apple Printables

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