S is for sand and sensory

The children in this class spent time putting a little sand on their letter S today.

First they brushed on a little glue…

Then sprinkled on some sand…

At first the children were using a bottle to sprinkle on the sand but we quickly changed the process by putting  the sand into little cups so they could use their fingers to sprinkle the sand on the letter S.

As they sprinkled and smoothed out the sand on their letter S, I asked the children if they could tell me what sound the letter S made. The children easily told me that the letter S sounded like sand and snake and salt.

One of the nice aspects of adding a sensory experience to discovering the name or sound of a letter is that it offers children the opportunity to learn and remember concepts through their sense of touch.

We also discovered that when we picked up the sandy letter S to put it away, it slithered around our hands like a snake!

By |2010-11-09T06:00:16+00:00November 9th, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Sue November 17, 2010 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Great idea! I appreciate the thought about the letter S.

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 17, 2010 at 11:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you Sue! So happy you stopped by:)

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