Prep: 5 Minutes / Activity Time: 5-8 Minutes

Toddlers love to use a shovel and dig in the sand. Why not make it a fun learning activity by letting them dig for letters?

  • sandbox with sand
  • foam or plastic alphabet letters
  • toy plastic shovel or spoon

Step 1: Hide three to four letters in the sandbox using letters in your toddler’s first name.

Step 2: Give your toddler a shovel or spoon and ask him to find the letters hidden in the sand.

Step 3: When he finds a letter you might say:
“Look, Max! You found the letter M. Your name begins with M. M for Max! Can you say M?”

Step 4:   Let your toddler explore and play with the letters and sand.