by Elizabeth Cossick, M. Ed.
Whether you’re headed to the beach soon and want to anticipate the fun–or you’ve already come home and want to recreate the experience with your little ones–I’ve got a great book for ya!
It’s called Sand and Water Play, by Sherrie West and Amy Cox. It contains easy, creative activities to do at home with a sand and water table, as well as fun ideas for creative play using household items like birdseed, shaving cream, ice cubes and rock salt. Activities include questions to ask during play, to reinforce the educational benefits of the activities. Recipes for homemade silly putty and bubbles round out the ideas and promise many afternoons of summertime fun–even without a trip to the beach.
To get you inspired, here are some questions to ask while children are playing with sand and water:
- How does the sand feel when it’s dry?
- What happens when we add water to the sand?
- Now how does it feel?
- What can you build out of the sand?
- What tools can you use/find to move the sand around?
- What items (rocks, small toys) can you hide in the sand?
- What would happen if you closed your eyes and tried to locate the items in the sand?
- What would happen if we filled a zip-top bag with water?
- How does the bag feel?
- Now, what would happen if we poked a small hole in the bag?
- What if we poked several holes?
- If we fill a bowl with water, what can we get to float in it?
- What will sink?
- Why do you think some things float while other sink?
Want a free copy? Comment on this post, and you could win a $20 School Box gift card. Since School Box carries the book for only $12.95, you could get a copy…and have money for some other fun gizmos and books, too!