Preschoolers love to explore the world they live in through play. One way children can learn through play is with sensory bins.
Sand is a great sensory bin material, so today I’m sharing how to make rainbow moldable sand.
This rainbow sand with gold coins is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day because the pot of gold is always at the end of the rainbow!
Rainbow Moldable Sand
Rainbow sand is very fun to play with, but it’s also a great learning experience. Here are the educational benefits for this play activity:
- Allows kids to express themselves creatively and use imagination to play.
- Squeezing and molding the sand builds strength in hands, and builds fine motor skills.
- When children play together with this sensory bin, they are working on social and problem solving skills.
- Children practice language skills while playing with this sensory material. They use words to describe the sand, such as smooth, cold, or squishy.
Rainbow Sensory Sand Recipe
To make rainbow moldable sand, you will need these supplies:
- 5 cups of fine sand
- 3 teaspoons of tempera powder paint (or food coloring)
- 1.5 cups of corn starch
- 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap
- 1 cup of water
- large bin
First, combine the sand with the tempera powder paint. Mix in the corn starch. Next, add the 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap with the water.
Slowly mix in the water with the sand mixture. The sand should feel slightly wet and you should be able to easily mold it into shapes.
If it feels too dry, add in some more water. Repeat the steps to make more colors.
Rainbow Sensory Sand for St. Patrick’s Day
After making the sand, place it in a large bin. Add some gold coins to make this a St. Patrick’s Day sensory activity.
One way to play with the sand is to invite the children to dig and search for the gold coins in the sand.
Invite them to use this printable gold coin ten-frame. The ten-frame is a great way for children to practice counting and visualize quantities with gold coins.
Rainbow Sand for Sensory Play
This sand is similar to kinetic sand, but is very affordable and easy to make. It feels very soft and easily molds into shapes. Kids love playing with this sensory material because it feels so wonderful in their hands.
After playing with the moldable sand, store in an air-tight container. The sand may become a little dry, so spritz in some water to make it moist again.
This sensory activity is tons of fun and a great way to learn through play!
BIO: Angela is the writer of Teaching Mama, where she shares hands-on learning activities for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. She is a former teacher, turned stay-at-home-mom to 3 wonderful boys. She is also the author of The Prechool Journey, a great resource for preparing your child for Kindergarten. You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram.