Activity Duration: 3 days

Age appropriate: 3 – 7 years old

Sandbox Adventure Art Activity for kids


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

Materials Needed:

create your own sandbox art activity

  • A box
  • Stickers
  • Plastic animals, fishes, figurines (theme related)
  • Scotch Tape
  • Paint and brush
  • Sand
  • Ice cream sticks
  • A backdrop drawing or picture
  • Glue
  • 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).

Sandbox Adventure Art Activity 1

  • 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

Sandbox Adventure Art Activity 2

  • 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

Sandbox Adventure Art Activity 3

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)

Sandbox Adventure Art Activity 5

  • 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

Sandbox Adventure Art Activity 6

  • 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

Sandbox Adventure Art Activity 7

Learning the letter Z. Z for Zebra!

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