We’re finding a sensory play idea for each letter of the alphabet. What to do for letter Q? Quicksand, of course!
To make our own quicksand, we needed just three ingredients.
We used playground sand from Menard’s, a large container of corn starch from Sam’s Club, and water.
The kids took turns adding scoops of sand until we’d doubled the quicksand recipe I found at Growing a Jeweled Rose.
Next, we added some corn starch. It’s worth it to get a big container because corn starch is both cheap and a common ingredient in play recipes.
I poured in small amounts of water at a time. The kids mixed up the quicksand and let me know if our mixture was too runny or thick. We kept adding more sand, cornstarch or water until it felt just right.
Our quicksand was a little runny, but no matter. The kids loved getting their hands in it!
Of course, to really test out quicksand, you need to walk in it.
The Quicksand Book, by Tomie dePaola, is on our library list!
Alphabet Curriculum for Preschool
Our curriculum includes lessons for teaching both upper and lowercase letter names and sounds. You’ll get three lessons per letter, built-in review, simple handwriting practice, rhyming, syllable counting, phonemic awareness, and a whole lot more!