to explore quantity, number, position and problem solving language.
| Sandcastle flags
and messy preschool play
Enjoy labelling the sandcastle models
that are built in your sand tray areas using children's own number,
word and marked flags. Print the selection of flag templates below or wherever
possible provide blank resources and encourage children to develop their
own labels and signs by cutting, marking and attaching.
Illustrated sandcastle flags
used to order, number,
identify quantity and assign ownership.
needed to make the sand flags
Stick glue, scissors, poles, paper and flag printouts.
Choose a selection of materials to form
the flag poles eg: drinking straws, wooden dowelling, bamboo cane,
Print the flag images and fold the paper
sheet in half.
Cut the flags so that each is doubled and
can be wrapped around the top of each pole.
Secure in place - back to back with stick
Once the procedure to make the flags is known provide
a variety of materlas for children to choose, cut, rip, wrap and
secure, making their own labelling devices.
| Flags 1 - 6 Flags 7 - 12 Flags 13 - 18
Flags 19 - 20
These lowercase letter sand moulds and
number sand moulds on
amazon.co.uk add literacy and numeracy activity to sand and dough play. They
help children to learn through their senses by seeing shape formation, touching
and finger tracing individual letter and hear resources as collage items
are added to the surface of the letters / numbers. The time this activity
offers can be used to discuss letter shape, direction, soundings and word
Buckets on amazon.co.uk and outline
Stacking cups these are
provided a range of sizes and designs that enable children to
experiment with filling, positioning, building and turning out, supporting
mathmatical development and the repetition of positive experiences involving
transportational, enclosure and enveloping schema.
sandcastle image istock © Stephen Ludgate
Activity illustrated photo © Silkysteps 2010