Featured in The Possibilities of Play: Imaginative Learning Centers for Children Ages 3-6, by Dr. Jean Feldman and Carolyn Kisloski, this learning center activity is a perfect opportunity to practice sensory exploration, communication skills, and using your imagination!
Small rocks or pebbles
Gold spray paint
What to Do
Away from the children, spray-paint rocks and pebbles gold to make “nuggets.” Hide the gold pebbles in the sandbox. Provide the children with sifters, and encourage them to use the sifters to hunt for “gold” in the sand. For even more fun, let the children take turns hiding and finding them.