We made Moon Sand a while ago (see this post for the recipe) and its been a firm favourite in the sand tray ever since. The preschooler likes it because he isn’t keen on getting messy and this is wonderfully, soft, dry and smells so lovely- perfect for him. It’s also great for moulding and shaping into different landscapes…
We decided to make a dinosaur world in the Tuff Spot so that the preschooler could experience the Moon Sand in a different way. The Tuff Spot enables him to get inside and really explore the contents and I knew he would enjoy doing this with the Moon Sand, particularly if dinosaurs were thrown into the mix!
This is what we did:
- we raided the preschooler’s dinosaur table and chose lots of dinosaurs, plants, trees and a plastic volcano to add to the scene.
- we emptied the moon sand into the tray
- I invited the preschooler to arrange his scenery but he was more keen to dive straight in and play!
- The Big One and I dotted the trees around the scene and talked to the preschooler about the things you would find in a dinosaur’s world. We talked about the books we’ve read and things we’ve seen on television too.
- we talked about the size of the dinosaurs in relation to the trees and plants and which dinosaurs ate plants or meat. This was one for The Big One!
- we talked about the sizes of the dinosaurs and the preschooler helped us to arrange them in size order, from biggest to smallest. We used words such as big, bigger, biggest and small, smaller, smallest.
- we talked about moulding the sand and we used small pots to make little humps and volcanoes
- we pressed some sand flat so that we could use the dinosaur feet to make foot prints.
- we talked about how the sand felt in our fingers: soft, light, like feathers, dry, cold.
- the preschooler did get inside the Tuff Spot and enjoyed the feel of the sand in between his toes. He also liked pouring it onto his legs and brushing it back into the tray.
- We also talked about the dinosaur names and the intitial sounds of the names. The preschooler practised drawing patterns in the sand and next time we will have a go at drawing letters too.
- The preschooler really enjoyed his Dinosaur World and the moon sand gave him new opportunities for imaginative play, which he loves to engage in. There were lots of learning opportunities and he spent well over a hour happily playing independently too.