Personal Sandbox

This week we focus on developing early math skills, like counting and measuring.


You will need:

1 empty shoe box, Sandbox Decoration (crayons, markers, stickers, etc.), 4 cups of flour, ½ cup of vegetable oil, ‘Molds’ – cups, bowls, etc., A large mixing bowl


  1. Allow your child to decorate the sandbox.
  2. Help your child measure out 4 cups of flour and ½ cup of vegetable oil in a large mixing bowl. Tip: count the cups of flour out loud, and discuss the numbers on the measuring cup.
  3. Knead the concoction by hand for about 5 minutes. The “sand” is ready when it seems evenly mixed, and is powdery, but slightly moldable when pressed together.

Conversational Tips:

  • Talk to your child about measuring. What happens if we add a little more flour? What number are we at now? Can you count the cups of flour with me?
  • Discuss the texture of the sand. How does the sand feel? What happens when you press it together? What happens if we add some more oil?
  • Encourage your child to be creative. What colors are you using to decorate the sandbox? Can you draw a square? What shape are you molding with the sand?
  • Draw numbers. Can you draw the number 2 in the sand? How about number 8?

** The ‘sand’ can be packed in an airtight container and used again and again for future play. **

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