Writing Activity: DIY sand tray


Montessori primary classrooms have a ‘sand tray’ in their classrooms for children to practice their writing skills. The coarse texture of the sand is a great sensorial exploration and makes it fun for the children to draw in it.

This is very easy to recreate at home and will allow for fun & engaged learning for children.

Materials required: Deep dish tray/ cake or bread baking pan, cornflour or salt or rice or sand.

Put the corn flour or salt or rice or sand in the tray and have children use their fingers to draw in it, write their name, letters or numbers. Once done, shake off the tray and the base is ready to draw/write something else.

Ensure that the material used is a little coarse to touch; Flour /sugar which are smooth will not work for this activity.

Children as young as toddlers can do this. Deep dish with edges will minimize the mess.

Check out montessorireflections_geetha for pictures and video for this activity.

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Geetha Nagarajan

My name is Geetha. I was introduced to Montessori as a parent and then choose it to be my career. I have over 13 years of experience in a Montessori primary classroom. I have a Masters Degree in Plant Sciences from India and a Masters in Educational Leadership from UNT (Denton, TX) and my Montessori Early childhood certification from American Montessori Society (AMS).

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