By Amanda McKenzie
Kids learn best when they are fully engaged in sensory play. Many of our favourite memories are made when we connect them with our senses (i.e.: the smell of chocolate chip cookies, the feel of our favourite blanket, etc).
Sensory play is valuable on many developmental levels; it helps kids develop fine motor muscles (preparing them for printing letters), cognitive skills (problem solving and reasoning), social development (working with others), physical development (hand-eye co-ordination), and of course language development (receptive and expressive language).
For this activity, you can also have an old toothbrush, pencils, comb, Q-tip, fork and cookie cutters to use in the sand you've created.