I have a serious obsession when it comes to sand trays! They are so beautiful and provide such an enriching sensory experience for children! There are so many benefits to using sand (or salt) trays. Today, let’s dig deep into how you can use a sand tray to practice sight words with our weather theme materials!
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Weather Sight Words Cards
Age: You can use these cards for children approximately between the ages of 3-6.
The printables in our Weather Language Pack can be used without any additional manipulatives as a reading work. However, my favorite way to use them is with a sand tray!
You can use our weather cards along with a sand tray to combine a reading activity with a writing one!
You can use salt trays to help children practice several different skills – practicing writing, spelling, and reading.
Sand trays are a fantastic way for children to practice writing before they are ready to actually use a pen and paper. You can use them with our printables. Forming the letters in the sand will give children a chance to build confidence in their writing. They can practice forming letters in a way that stimulates the senses.
Children can use a manipulative or their fingers to create the letters in the sand. You can use a paint brush or pom pom for writing for children who do not like how the sand feels on their hands. Some children are very sensitive to how things feel and different sensory input.
How to Present
I also recommend providing a larger tray to place both the sand tray and the cards inside of. This way, if the sand spills, you will have somewhere to catch the spills. I also like to place the cards on a stand so that they are easier to see for the child.
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Adaptation for Toddlers
I may even present this material to my two and a half year old. However, I would not present the full work, and certainly not give her all of the cards.
For her, this material is more about experiencing the sand than anything else.
One way to use a sand tray with a younger child is to make patterns in the sand. Then, ask the child to replicate the pattern. This way, they are still practicing those fine motor skills and strengthening their hand muscles.
What Else is Included?
These sight words cards are part of our Weather Language Printables Pack! It also includes the following materials:
- A-Z Capital Rain Cloud Letters
- A-Z Lower Case Rain Drop Letters
- 0-9 Rain Drop Number Cards
- 27 Sight Words Cards
Grab Your Printables Here
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