Activity Duration: 3 days
Age appropriate: 3 – 7 years old
A child learns by the following factors: observing, listening, playing, exploring, questioning, experimenting, and stimulating all/most of his/her senses (touch, taste, smell, vision and hearing).
- Create a fun and explorative way of learning alphabets, names, or words
- Parent and child bonding session
- Incite Imagination
- Encourage Recycling
- A box
- Plastic animals, fishes, figurines (theme related)
- Scotch Tape
- Paint and brush
- Ice cream sticks
- A backdrop drawing or picture
- Colour Pencils
Day 1: Paint the Box & Learning Counting
Duration: 1 – 2 hours
- Together with your child, tape the edges of the box (This is to prevent the sand from spilling out of the box).
- Allow your child to paint the box with their favourite colours
- You can encourage your child to use their fingers or hands to make prints on the box. Also a great time to encourage your child to explore the mixing of different colours
- While your child is painting the box, write the numbers on the ice cream stick
- For younger children, you can introduce numbers 1 to 10
- For older children, you can introduce numbers in the multiplication order e.g. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10
- After your child has painted their box, allow the painted to dry
- Using the numbered ice cream sticks, introduce the numbers to your child and allow them to stick the ice cream sticks on the box
- In this case, the theme of our box was going to the Zoo, so we used the ice cream sticks to represent the animal enclosure / fence
Day 2: Colouring the Zoo Backdrop
Duration: 1 hour
- Create a backdrop for your box
- This can be your own or your child’s drawing
- You can also search online for pictures and print them out (like what we did)
- Allow your child to colour the backdrop using colour pencils
- Talk to your child about the theme of your sandbox
- Ask them questions to describe what they might see or experience
- Or ask them to recall and describe their prior experience (e.g. their last trip to the zoo)
- You can also introduce letters and words relating to the theme
Day 3: It’s Play Time!
- Allow your child to pour sand into the box
- Together with the toy animals, allow the child to have fun with their sandbox
- For a sensorial learning experience, ask your child to write letters or spell words on the sand
Learning the letter Z. Z for Zebra!
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