Sand Writing Tray for Preschool Activities

Sand writing tray is a fantastic versatile sensory activity tool for toddlers and preschoolers. It helps your toddler not only to develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination but also provides a sensory-rich learning experience. In this way, your little preschooler can learn not only letters, numbers and shapes, but also can use their creativity and imagination while practicing their fine motor skills. Well worth to add these activities to your homeschool preschool schedule.

Sand Tray Writing Activities for Preschoolers

sand writing tray is great for practicing:

  • Letter recognition and formation
  • Number recognition and formation
  • Basic shapes recognition and formation

while providing a tactile and playful learning experience. This is how to set it up:

Materials Needed for a DIY sand writing tray

  1. Sandbox or shallow container or tray such as baking tray, sheet pan, baking glass tray
  2. Sand or an alternative filling
  3. Writing tools (e.g., finger, stick, paintbrush, jumbo pencil)
  4. Alphabet/ Numbers/ Shapes flashcards (optional)

Alternative Fillings:

  • Millet
  • Rice
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • Cornflour
  • Couscous
  • Bulgur
Sand Tray Writing Activities for Preschoolers


  1. Prepare the sandbox: Fill a shallow container or sandbox with clean sand. Ensure the sand is smooth and level for easy writing.
  2. Introduce the activity: Explain to your child that they can use their finger or a writing tool to draw or write letters/ numbers/ shapes in the sandbox.
  3. Demonstrate letter formation: Show your child how to write a few letters in the sand using your finger or a stick. Start with simple letters like “A,” “B,” and “C,” and demonstrate the correct stroke order and direction.
  4. Encourage exploration: Allow your child to explore the sandbox and experiment with writing letters on their own. Encourage them to trace the letters, shapes or numbers they see.
  5. Provide guidance: Offer support and guidance as needed, helping your child practice correct letter formation. Make the sounds of the letters as they write them.
  6. Extend the activity: Challenge your child to write their name, simple words, or the alphabet in the sand. You can also incorporate additional sensory elements like adding colored sand or small toys.
  7. Reflect and celebrate: Take time to reflect on the letters your child has written and celebrate their efforts. Praise their progress and encourage them to continue practicing their emerging writing skills.
Sand Tray Writing Activities for Preschoolers

Benefits of the Activity

  • Develops fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination
  • Provides a sensory-rich learning experience
  • Promotes letter recognition and formation

This activity is part of our preschool activity program. Happy Learning!