Sand Science

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Learning Framework?

  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Emotional
  • Social

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WHAT CHILDREN WILL LEARN

  • Physical - Fine motor skills
  • Intellectual - Observing, comparing
  • Emotional - Engagement
  • Social - Sharing with family
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Children to compare the difference between wet and dry sand.
Skill Level
Intermediate
Suitable for
4-5 years old
Estimated time
< 15 mins
Environment
Outdoors

What You Will Need

  • Water
  • Sand buckets
  • Spades
  • Strainer/sieve
  • Sand

Step 1

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Gather the materials.

Step 2

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Provide children with sand toys to investigate the sand. Encourage them to describe what they are doing and how the sand feels.

Step 3

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Bring a bucket or basin of water to the sand area. Ask children what they think will happen if they add water to the sand.

Step 4

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Invite a child to pour it into the sand. Ask: “What happens to the sand? How does the wet sand feel? Does the wet sand look the same as the dry sand?”

Step 5

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Ask children to pour dry sand into a strainer or sieve. What happens to the sand? Now invite them to pour wet sand into the same object. Observe the differences.

Ask the Kids

What happens if we add more water to the wet sand?

If you like, share what your kids answered in the comments below