Using sandcastles to build attention

When we’re helping children learn to listen and pay attention to us, it’s useful to start with something that they find really exciting and worth looking at. So, I’m always on the lookout for creative ideas that capture a child’s attention.

This sandcastle activity helps children learn to watch and listen to you, as well as learn some key phrases. As your child learns the sequence of the activity you can extend the length of the routine to build their attention.


If you’re off to the beach this summer, you might like to try out this activity. You can even extend it by taking turns to smash each sandcastle at the end of the activity. I hope you have fun together!

This activity inspired by the activities involved in Gina Davies’ attention programme. You can find out more about the first steps of this programme on my post Using a bucket to build early attention and listening skills.

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