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I'm just introducing the sand trays with my small group. The kids are being careful, but there is always sand on the table at the end of the lesson. I'm in Colorado, and at the training, the instructor mentioned that she notices that the sand tends to "jump" in Colorado. Not sure if it's due to the dry climate or what, but she's right! Any ideas for controlling, or at least minimizing it?

At the end of the lesson I have been going around the table and wiping it back into tray.

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I think that is just a natural that the some sand would be on the table. I'm in the Midwest and I always have some sand on the tables afterwards.
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Sand moves differently in Colorado than other places?

I would just think that kids will sometimes (usually? always?) not be perfectly neat with sand.
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I explicitly teach how to lightly shake it to erase and hold students to doing that. There is still some on the table when we are finished, but it's not a ton. I don't like students to pick up the trays (I always say I'm the only one who picks them up, because then if it spills it's my fault and not their fault), so I quickly pick them up/put them in a drawer when we're finished and tell students if there is sand at their spot, to just wipe it off. I'm also in CO.
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:15 PM
 
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Sand moves differently in Colorado than other places?
I think the OP is thinking about the role of static electricity with the sand in the plastic trays. The static cling CAN make items...jump...

There is more static in dry, cold, arid climates, since humidity/water neutralizes static.
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Kinder4crazy -- That's what I was thinking, too. The kids are very careful, I pass out and pick up the trays, and I put paper dividers between the trays when storing them. Still....there is sand by each tray when the lesson is done.

I heard from someone else who suggested used waxed paper for the dividers instead of regular paper. I'm going to give it a try!

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I think the OP is thinking about the role of static electricity with the sand in the plastic trays. The static cling CAN make items...jump...

There is more static in dry, cold, arid climates, since humidity/water neutralizes static.
The same thing happens in older schools in the winter - blasting dry heat radiators with no humidity. Kids would try to get shocked by touching metal or shock each other by walking on the carpet and then touching fingertips.

One thing I did is wipe tables down with dryer sheets before certain "static clingy" activities. It helped some, but not perfect. I'm not familiar with the OG sand trays, but could you wipe down the trays with a dryer sheet before you put the sand in? Or maybe even just wipe around the edges of the tray. The kids could also wipe their hands with the sheets.
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I used
Old 09-12-2019, 10:38 AM
 
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rice rather than sand for some activities. The custodians curse my name less because the vacuum pulls up rice off the floor better than sand.

Just a thought.
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I keep a cheap dirt buster in my room. Might be worth looking into.
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I don't know how specific OG gets with sensory materials, but would rice trays be an option instead? Also, I find that coarser sand is easier to clean up than really fine craft sand. I put my sand trays on top of an even larger cookie sheet so that the spillage is contained, and then I tip it back in at the end.


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sand tray in a bigger tray
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I have bigger trays that I bought at IKEA years ago:

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40041131/

I set the sand trays in those so that when the sand spills it goes in the bigger tray. At the end of the lesson I dump the sand from the bigger tray back in the sand tray. I stack the sand trays in their big trays on my shelf. I still get a little sand on the table at times, but not like before I started using the big trays.
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