Kids will love to create and practice handwriting with this Sand Storytelling Table. We made this sand table using sand from our backyard sandbox and our plastic children’s picnic table for creative learning and fun. Practicing letters in a sensory surface is novel and fun for kids.
Handwriting and Storytelling on a DIY Sand Table
One afternoon recently, we poured a little sand onto our plastic picnic table. We had an instant sand table for sensory play and learning! Smooth the sand out and draw a picture. Kids can draw and tell stories to go along with their pictures.
Encourage vocabulary and verbal expression with storytelling on the table surface. Ask questions about the child’s story that might extend the story a bit more. A mistake is easy to fix: gently smooth the sand and start over again. Be sure to set this activity up outdoors for easier clean-up.
Practice lines with preschool aged kids. Kids can practice pre-handwriting lines, shapes, and figures.
Older kids can form letters and numbers in the sand. They can copy and trace letters. Mistakes can be easily fixed with a quick swipe of the sand.
When it is time to clean up, we just swept up any spills. You could also position the picnic table over a tarp or sheet. I simply dumped the table into the sandbox.