Monday, April 27, 2015

Kinetic Sand Number Hunt {Fine Motor Sensory Play}

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We're back at it with the kinetic sand. And it shouldn't surprise you to see us doing a number activity of some kind with it. After all, numbers are the key to connecting with my hypernumerate son. So I came up with this number hunt fine motor activity and it was an absolute hit with both boys!

Fine motor play with kinetic sand and numbers from And Next Comes L

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For this number hunt sensory activity, we used:

  • Kinetic Sand
  • Little numbers of some kind - We used mini plastic number magnets similar to these.
  • Knife (optional), but my three year old insisted on using one

Form a ball of kinetic sand around a number (or two) and then let the digging and hunting begin! My boys enjoyed slicing the balls open with a knife to reveal the hidden number(s). Especially my three year old who just discovered how fun it is to slice kinetic sand using a butter knife. It is easily his favorite boredom buster lately.


 Fine motor activity with kinetic sand and numbers from And Next Comes L

Fine motor activity with kinetic sand and numbers from And Next Comes L

Even pinching and digging through the kinetic sand is a great way to work on fine motor skills! Sometimes I would hide one number and other times I would hide a couple of numbers. The boys were always surprised to see what numbers were tucked away in the sand.

Digging for numbers in kinetic sand from And Next Comes L

Digging for numbers in kinetic sand from And Next Comes L

Digging for numbers in kinetic sand from And Next Comes L

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Kinetic sand number hunt - fine motor sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers from And Next Comes L
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