These fun sandbox learning activities are an engaging way to take education outdoors. Whether you’re looking for a literacy, STEM, sensory, or even geography sandbox learning activity, we’ve got you covered.
Sandbox Learning Activities
Give preschoolers a fun introduction to maps with our sandbox geography activity.
Do you have more than one child sharing a sandbox or sand-filled sensory bin? You can think about it as a way to practice social skills.
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Literacy Sandbox Activities
Little construction lovers can try out our simple sandbox story extension activity.
A Dump truck alphabet rocks activity is a fun way to work on ABCs outdoors.
STEM Sandbox Activities
The sandbox has a lot of potential as a science, math, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) laboratory. I love all these engaging ideas!
An easy activity for starters is this super fun way to mix engineering play with sand sensory play. It’s sure to keep the kids entertained.
If you don’t live near the shore, you can do this fun tide pool experiment in your backyard.
If you’re looking for an out of the box way to practice math in your sandbox, try this wiggly eye activity.
Bump up the “Wow” factor sandbox volcano, and learn a little chemistry too.
Dinosaur lovers (and future dinosaur lovers will enjoy a sandbox fossil dig!
Preschoolers can get a taste of geology when they mix earth materials with sandbox sand.
Rainy or Shine Learning Activities with Sand
Many sand activities can be done indoors in a sensory bin or tray. Ideas shown indoors here also can be taken outside or adapted to do in the sandbox.
Sand tray letters are a classic and engaging activity.
This ocean beach sensory bin doesn’t actually use sand, although you certainly could. It has lots of room for kids’ imagination.
Older preschoolers can work on their very first sight words with this clever sight words in the sand activity.
Whether your sandbox learning activities are open-ended or more directed, indoors or outside, the kids are sure to have a blast.