Kinetic sand play and pups?
According to my two and four-year-old, the only thing better than kinetic sand alone would be kinetic sand and the Mighty Pups. Together it makes the perfect sensory play combination, a real Paw Patrol adventure that my boys played with all week long.
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What is kinetic sand?
Kinetic sand is connected sand that allows motion and movement.
A bonus for us is that it is effortless to clean up since it all clumps together back into one fluid shape.
The sand molds and sticks together without sticking on your child’s hand to make a great sensory bin for kinesthetic learners.
We play with the kinetic sand in this large storage bin just like we do when we paint with toddlers!
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Wait. Is my child a kinesthetic learner?
The truth is that your child may be, but all children learn by doing.
A kinesthetic learner is a tactile learner that learns best when using their hands and body. The kinesthetic learner will want to touch, feel, and manipulate objects to grow a deeper understanding of what they are learning.
Kinesthetic learners do well in sensory bins like these:
Kinetic sand is not taste-safe, so I am staying close to my two and four-year-old.
As my boys play in the kinetic sand, I am watching skills sharpen such as:
- Making predictions
- Exploring new textures
- Imaginary play as the pups get lost in the sand
- Communication and storytelling
I watch sensory play morph into imaginary play as the pups get trapped deep beneath the sand and wait on their rescue team.
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These supplies are open-ended and timeless, just like our favorite toys for toddlers list. You can use these items in so many different ways for years to come!
NOTE: We only added the pups to the play, not the vehicles.
The sensory table setup couldn’t be easier!
I put the kinetic sand in our under-the-bed storage bin, and the boys added the pups. The rest was pure sensory play history!
For the next 37 minutes, my boys manipulated the kinetic sand as the pups goy buried and uncovered.
Grab your kinetic sand and beloved pups. This sensory play is a sure way to get your child playing!
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