Sand Science

by Jehan


Children to compare the difference between wet and dry sand.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Suitable For: 4 - 5 years old

Estimated Time: < 15 mins

Environment: Indoors

Learning Framework

  • Physical - Fine motor skills

  • Intellectual - Observing, comparing

  • Emotional - Engagement

  • Social - Sharing with family


Step 1

Provide children with sand toys to investigate the sand. Encourage them to describe what they are doing and how the sand feels.

Step 3

Invite a child to pour it into the sand. Ask: “What happens to the sand? How does the wet sand feel? Does the wet sand look the same as the dry sand?”

  • Water

  • Sand buckets

  • Spades

  • Strainer/sieve

  • Sand

Step 2

Bring a bucket or basin of water to the sand area. Ask children what they think will happen if they add water to the sand.

Step 4

Ask children to pour dry sand into a strainer or sieve. What happens to the sand? Now invite them to pour wet sand into the same object. Observe the differences.

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