12+ Fun Sand Play Activities for Kids

Sand play is a fun addition to kids daily activities, indoors or outdoors. Provide awesome opportunities for learning through play with this exciting roundup of activities that use sand.

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Sand play doesn't have to be limited to outdoor play. There are lots of ways to enjoy sand play indoors too!

Sand play can be provided in a sensory bin, in crafts, and in simple experiments.

The tools and toys you add to the activity will help shape interesting play times for early learners.

You'll find a bit of everything in this fun roundup of crafts and activities.

Sand play activities

Why sand activities?

These are a few of the benefits of sand play:

  • Sand activities promote creativity.
  • Sand activities provide sensory and fine motor play.
  • Sand activities are fun for all ages.

  • Sand activities bring a little of the beach indoors on a rainy day


 Related: Sand play with seashells and stones


1. Crafts with Sand

Sand crafts for kids


Decorate an apple design with an Apple Sand Craft / Gift of Curiosity

Decorate a Sandcastle Keepsake with small shells. / Paging Fun Mums

Make a sand castle with a Sand Paper Craft / iHeart Crafty Things

Combine sand and sea shells for Sand Shell Art / Happiness is Homemade

 Sand crafts for preschoolers


Layers of sand make a Sand Art Bottle Necklace that is colorful and unique. / Easy Peasy and Fun

Explore sand and water with Tide Pool Art / Buggy and Buddy

Painted shells in this Sea Shell Craft are so pretty. / Mess for Less


2. Activities with Sand

 Sand activities for preschoolers


You can Make Colored Sand to add variety to sand play. / Kids Craft Room

Support fine motor literacy with a Writing Tray using sand. / Crafts on Sea

Have fun with Sand Play in hands-on ways. / Happy Hooligans

Explore shapes with Sand Shapes Sensory Play / The Stay at Home Mom Survival Guide


Activities kids can do with sand


Sand science is fun with a Sand Volcano / Fun A Day

Support sensory play with Pine Cones in the Sandbox / Preschool Toolkit

Sand Play with Loose Parts can include sand, sea shells and other materials. / The Imagination Tree


Whether outdoors building sand castles on a sunny day, or indoors making crafts on a rainy day, kids love including sand in their play. 

Have fun trying out these fun projects, or create your own unique uses for sand!


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