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  • sand tools, such as shovels and buckets


What to do

1. Transition to the outside by giving children sand tools to hold. When everyone has a sand tool, begin walking outside.

2. More to do Sand Play: Sand and children are a perfect combination. Every year, try to have sand delivered to the school so the children can dig tunnels, create rivers, ponds, castles, and more.

3. More Sand Play: Create a rain barrel out of a plastic barrel. Install a faucet 6" from the bottom, and put it under a rain gutter so it will collect water. While some children are digging, others can fill buckets with water and carry them to the building site.

Author's Note: I supply fewer shovels than there are children to encourage sharing, and it is safer, too.


-Susan Ribinoff, Wakefield, RI

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Transition Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Transition
Content: The Arts: Dramatic Arts
Area: Gross Motor
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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