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     Ideas to explore quantity, number, position and problem solving language.
    Calculator Caterpillar's activities for math ..
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.

Sandcastle builing and flag labelling  

Illustrated sandcastle flags 
used to order, number, identify quantity and assign ownership.

Illustrated flags for sandcastle flag poles

Sand circle Resources needed to make the sand flags
 yellow Stick glue, scissors, poles, paper and flag printouts.

Make flags to label sandcastles
Sand circle To make
yellow Choose a selection of materials to form the flag poles eg: drinking straws, wooden dowelling, bamboo cane, twigs.
yellow Print the flag images and fold the paper sheet in half.
yellow Cut the flags so that each is doubled and can be wrapped around the top of each pole.
yellow Secure in place - back to back with stick glue.
yellow 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

Numbered sandcastle flags - 1 to 6
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Numbered sandcastle flags - 7 to 12
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Numbered sandcastle flags - 13 to 18
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Numbered sandcastle flags - 13 to 18

Large bucket of sand Other sandcastle flag resources:

yellow Summer and beach themed story book list

yellow Spade and bucket craft outlines

yellow  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 pronunciation.  

Lowercase letter moulds for sand ..
yellow Spades  yellow Buckets  on amazon.co.uk and outline printables 

    Spades to dig, fill and pat to compress
Bucket of sand  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.
Add shape, colour, size to children's sand building activities

Main sandcastle image istock © Stephen Ludgate
Activity illustrated photo © Silkysteps 2010

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