Sand Tray

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Sand Tray
Language - Writing
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PrerequisitesSandpaper Letters
Rough and Smooth Boards
Materialsfine sand or salt
tray of a contrasting color

This activity allows the child to practice forming written letters.


  1. Allow the child to experiment with the sand tray by making basic shapes or lines.
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  2. Select a letter to practice. Trace the sandpaper letter, then make the same letter in the sand.
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  3. Show the child how to rub their fingers together over the tray to clean them.
  4. Show the child how to gently shake the tray side-to-side to clear it.

Points of Interest

Control of Error

The child can compare their writing in the sand tray to a sandpaper letter.

Variations and Extensions


The tray and the sand should be of very different colors so the letters will show up more.

Make Your Own

Where to Buy

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Sand Tray
Store Price
Alison's $24.00
Lord Co. $56.87
Montessori Services $83.00
Primary Concepts $39.99