Sand Theme



Books

Sand cake: A Frank Asch bear story - Frank Asch
Sisters are for Making Sandcastles (Picture Puffins) - Harriet Ziefert
Warm Sun, Soft Sand - Linzi West


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Arts & Crafts

Sand Clay

4 cups sand
2 cups corn starch
1tbl + 1 tsp cream of tartar
3 cups hot water

Mix sand, corn starch and cream of tartar in a large pan. Stir in hot water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until hot water is absorbed and mix is hard to stir. Cool. Place in flexible moulds coated with Vaseline. Or mould by hand. Air dry for several days or keep in plastic bag for later use. This make a good clay with a different texture.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Barefoot Painting

Materials needed:

Butcher Paper Paint
An outside area, near sand
Aluminium Pie pans
A chair
Soapy water

Prep:
Place a long strip of butcher paper on the ground near your sand source. Place chairs next to pans of paint along the edges. Place a bucket of soapy water nearby.

Process:
Have the children sit in the chairs and dip their feet in the paint. Then have them dip their painted feet into the sand or dirt. Let them walk along the paper, leaving "dirty" footprints. Have them wash their feet in the soapy water when finished.

Concepts learned: Sand is squishy when wet. Sand helps us to not slip in the wet paint. We leave footprints when we walk. Soap and water make us all clean again.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Theme Ideas

Sand Pin Bowling

Make 10 pins by filling a cup with moist sand (add water if the sand is too dry to hold a shape). Carefully turn the cup over and lift it off. Create the pins in a triangle with one pin in front, two pins in the next row, three in the next, and four in the back row. Draw a line in the sand about 6 or 8 feet from the pins. Take turns standing behind the line and rolling a softball or other small ball toward the pins to knock them over. Each player gets to roll the ball twice. Count how many pins are knocked over. Set them up again and keep score in the sand. The kids LOVE creating & doing this! They'll do it over & over again!!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


In The Kitchen

Ants in the Sand

2 Graham crackers
Chocolate sprinkles

Place graham crackers in a plastic sandwich bag and crush with a rolling pin. Add a few chocolate sprinkles to make ants, then seal the bag. Give them to the kids to take outside and eat or let them pour it into a small bowl and eat at the table--using their fingers, of course. Variations: Add raisins (call them beetles), red hots (ladybugs) or mini chocolate chips (spider eggs).

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


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