Lily adored this creative sensory play activity with some colored sand and her Safari Ltd Fairy TOOB® (Amazon link, although we purchased ours at Michaels with a 40%-off coupon) characters! As you can tell, the wings of these fairies sometimes fall off when they get a lot of play from an exuberant three-year-old, but she still likes them.
Build Your Child’s Imagination with Creative Sand Sensory Play
Sensory materials work wonders in terms of encouraging imaginative play. Lily loved making mounds of sand for the fairies to jump onto and dig under! Then we shook the sand out flat on the tray and she used it to make fairy footprints:
We even got some letter practice in at the end – that is Lily’s name, written very small. Lily likes to write everything small.
We have also done a version of this sensory activity with cornmeal, which is great if you have a child who still puts things in their mouth!
Sensory play is my favorite way to get my kids to snap out of a fussy mood on a tough day, and my kids adore sand sensory play. Especially when we use colored sand! How do you get your kids to refocus their attention?