Simple Beach Sensory Play

 

We’ve done a lot of water play and simple sensory activities this summer that both E and N were able to do together. It can be hard to find activities like that for kids that are almost 4 years apart in age, but water activities have never failed us.

For today’s activity, I added some sand and sea shells for some Simple Beach Sensory Play that kept both kids entertained for about 45 minutes! Even better, they both kept coming back to it throughout the day and even the next day.

We used plastic sea shells {because we literally don’t own any real ones}, but if you have them, real sea shells would be even more fun!

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Simple Beach Sensory Play with sand, water, and sea shells in the water table! Perfect for sibling play or play dates!

(N was 12 months old.
E was 4 years and 8 months old.)

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Materials for Simple Beach Sensory Play

  • Water table.
  • Sand. {We simply used a few scoops full from our sandbox.}
  • Water.
  • Sea shells.
  • Shovel, bucket, etc.

 

I put sand in one side of the water table, water in the other side, and added sea shells to both sides.

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Simple Beach Sensory Play with sand, water, and sea shells in the water table! Perfect for sibling play or play dates!

 

When N came over to check it out, he reached for the purple shell right away. It remained his favorite throughout the activity, he always came back to it in between exploring the rest of the items.

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Simple Beach Sensory Play with sand, water, and sea shells in the water table! Perfect for sibling play or play dates!

 

As usual when there’s water, he enjoyed splashing with his hands, and for the first time, he experimented with dropping items into the water to make a splash.

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Simple Beach Sensory Play with sand, water, and sea shells in the water table! Perfect for sibling play or play dates!

 

E soon joined him at the water table {she’d just come back from a swimming lesson with a very … uhm … interesting hairdo 😉 }. She focused on the sand.

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Simple Beach Sensory Play with sand, water, and sea shells in the water table! Perfect for sibling play or play dates!

 

After a while, she decided that this activity needed more sand and got another bucketful out of the sandbox. {Remember {Very Sandy} Sand Slime? Yep, there can never be enough sand 😉 }

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Simple Beach Sensory Play with sand, water, and sea shells in the water table! Perfect for sibling play or play dates!

 

In between playing with the sand, she played the passing back and forth game with N

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Simple Beach Sensory Play with sand, water, and sea shells in the water table! Perfect for sibling play or play dates!

 

and listened for ocean sounds in this sea shell 🙂

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Simple Beach Sensory Play with sand, water, and sea shells in the water table! Perfect for sibling play or play dates!

 

Meanwhile, N explored the sea shells in new and different ways.

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Simple Beach Sensory Play with sand, water, and sea shells in the water table! Perfect for sibling play or play dates!

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Simple Beach Sensory Play with sand, water, and sea shells in the water table! Perfect for sibling play or play dates!

 

E made sure that N had fun, too: She let him have a turn with the shovel and bucket

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Simple Beach Sensory Play with sand, water, and sea shells in the water table! Perfect for sibling play or play dates!

 

and entertained him by pouring water from up high.

 

Sensory Activities for Kids: Simple Beach Sensory Play with sand, water, and sea shells in the water table! Perfect for sibling play or play dates!

 

It was so much fun!

Here’s a short video of N playing.

 

How do you play with sand and water? Have you tried making a pretend beach? Leave a comment below!

 

 

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