Sensory Activity With Pine Cones in the Sandbox

Adding pine cones to the sandbox is a simple way to extend sensory play, indoors or outdoors. And the pine cones are perfect for introducing sorting and counting games as well as engaging in language experiences.

Sensory activity sandbox play

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Choose large and small pine cones to add to the sandbox.

Playing with kids in the sandbox promotes use of fine motor skills as you dig and pour sand, and language skills as you talk about burying the prickly pine cones in the soft sand.

Suggestions for playtime:

1. Stand up the large cones like trees to make a forest.
2. Position them in a straight line or form a circle.
3. Sort and count the small cones and large cones.

Sensory activity sandbox play

4. Bury the small cones; then dig them up and load them into a bucket or toy truck.

Sensory activity sandbox play

5. Slowly pour sand over the top of a pine cone. Watch it trickle down through the spirals (leaves) of the pine cone. 

If you do not have a sand table you can simply place a plastic bin on the floor or on a table. Fill with play sand purchased at a hardware store. Spread a drop cloth under the sand box to protect the surrounding area.

Find more fun with pine cones on our Pine Cones Pinterest board.



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