No beach? No problem! Bring the sand-filled fun to your backyard, sidewalk or living room with these great ideas that encourage sensory play, creativity and even a bit of learning. Scroll down to get your sand play on. No sunscreen required!

1. A Sandcastle That Lasts
Make a sandcastle that won’t wash away with the next big wave. Hop on over to for the full how-to.



2. Memory Jar
If you’ve already basked in your beachy vacation and want to remember your trip forever, make this simple keepsake. You can even label each jar with your trip’s destination and dates. The Country Chic Cottage has the full rundown.


photo: The Country Chic Cottage

3. The ABCs of Sand Play
Imbue a bit of learning into your sand play. This educational activity from ThisMummasLife works just as well with salt as it does with sand.


photo: ThisMummasLife

4. Sand-Filled Sensory Play
Take your sensory play box to the next level. Add sand, shells, LEGO creations or any other figurines to your box. Get inspired by Natural Beach Living.


photo: Natural Beach Living

5. Message Ocean in a Bottle
Take a bit of the calming ocean waves home with you by creating this ocean in a bottle. Click over to for the full step-by-step.



6. Sand Play Dough
No-cook play dough is a cinch to make. Add a few shells and you’ve got an afternoon full of sand play. Visit the Imagination Tree for the full how-to.


photo: Imagination Tree

7. Construction Site Diorama
We love dioramas for their creativity and tactile qualities. Make your own by letting your kids use their imagination. This one from Roar Sweetly is all about construction. What will yours feature?


photo: Roar Sweetly

8. Light Table Sand Play
Sand in a box set over a light table will provide hours of engagement. How many letters, numbers and shapes can your kids make? Check out Teach Preschool to get inspired.


photo: Teach Preschool

9. Make a Mosaic
Take your seashells (marbles and sea glass work just as well) and create a mosaic with your favorite pieces. Alpha Mom has the full scoop on this fun activity.


photo: Alpha Mom


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