Digging for Pirate Treasure Sand Table

I have been trying to think of ideas to help get the kids into our sand table. For some reason it always takes a back seat to the water table and slime tables and is very rarely used

Its my fault really I just have had a hard time creating themes for this table

So I started thinking back to when I was teaching. Generally I would just throw scoops, cups, shovels etc. into the sand box and let the kids have at it. Unfortunately that method was not working for my kiddos. So I thought a little harder one of my classes favorite things to do when I was teaching was to look for buried treasure in the sand box. This all came about when a parent donated 10 pounds of super chunky glitter to our school. Well I did not have any chunky glitter but I do have a lot of left over gold from our hunt for the Leprechauns gold on St. Patrick’s Day and I have a lot of jewels from my hair bow making. So I decided to bury them all

The kids came out and sifted through the sand, that Kaia decided was not sand at all but fairy dust.

For once she was much more into this sensory table then Mikey who generally dominates all things sensory oriented.

She worked hard separating the gold and jewels from all the “Fairy Dust”

She had bowls to collect all aspects of her hunt fairy dust inclusive

Collecting Fairy dust

Her treasure was bountiful and she made out like a Princess with jewels and gold to spare


  1. My son would love this! I featured you on my Kid’s Co-op post today.

  2. We go for hunting for treasure on a regular basis, so much fun!

  3. Alida Rodriguez says:

    Where on EARTH did you get those adorable little scoopers? Thanks. Alida w6

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