There’s something about the feel of wet sand that is oh so satisfying. Squishing it between your fingers and letting the sensation roll over you. Winter is over… Well sort of. But summer weather is a long way off. This month we are studying the ocean with Mother Goose Time. I always love doing ocean units there’s so much to learn and do. This foam sand sensory activity gets kinda messy but is worth it.
This gets really messy so I opted to make it a one person at a time project in the kitchen. The children love taking turns sitting in the kitchen working on projects while I cook and clean. The kitchen is truly a family hub.
For this simple activity we made foam sand a recipe Mother Goose Time suggested. Its simple just craft sand and shaving cream. I opted to add just enough shaving cream to make a soft wet sand. It’s a little thicker than the sand right out of the water at the beach.
To make playtime fun I set shells, blue glass beads, and fish math counters to the side and let the littles use them as they please. Creativity in kids is such a wonderful thing.
While I am struggling to get into this ocean unit while we are freezing well into April. t was much like this with cold weather during the nice spring Pond theme last year. The weather just does not like to cooperate with our lessons. We are pulling out the Mini Observation Pond with salt water and no animals this time so the kids can really observe salt water and how it affects lings like the shells and evaporation. We even get to make squishy fish aquariums again this year with small shells added to the fun. I plan to use silicone sandwich bags that can hold up to the edges of the sells this time.
With earth day coming up we pulled out lessons on water pollution and discussed again how we can help the planet and in turn the oceans. We are adding plastic reducing alternatives to our baby steps to going green.