Fun with Sand

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book

Here are some ways to collect sand with your child, and some home activities to try with it.


Legend says that if you bring home sand from a beach, you'll visit that beach again. Whether that's true, collecting sand is a fun way to remember your visits to the beach and to see how sand differs from beach to beach.

Materials
  • Small containers (pill bottles, film canisters, and so on)
  • Labels
  • Pen
  • Camera
  • Magnifying glass

Directions

  1. The next time you go to a beach, have your child fill a small container with sand (or bring home extra sand in a larger container to use for an arts-and-crafts project).
  2. Label the container with the name of the beach and the date.
  3. Help your child take a photo of the beach, too.
  4. Look at the sand with a magnifying glass. Compare it with other samples in your collection. Notice the different colors, textures, and grain sizes.
  5. Store the sand collection on a shelf in your child's room. Every time he looks at it, he'll remember all the fun of his visits to the beach!
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