We have a "magic table" in our room. This table has been our "morning check-in" table all year. The kids literally use it everyday.
Well... last week... they discovered what is underneath:
A SAND TABLE!!!
This is the first time I have used the sand table in my classroom. I have had it for four year! But, I'm a total neat freak in my classroom, and I've never *trusted* my class like I do this year. My class is absolutely wonderful -- so mature and so responsible. I knew they would do wonderful. In 2 weeks, there has been no sand on the floor! Hooray!
But... it's not just a sand table. It's our current ABC Station. It's called "Digging for Letters."
Using a Sharpie marker, I wrote letters on glass gems (from the dollar store), and "hid" them in the sand. The kids then dig for the letters -- and record it on this sheet:
It's a hit! My kids just love it - and they are so cute when they find a letter. "LOOK! I found H!"
Click on the picture above or HERE for the printable.