Sand Play Physical Development Nursery 2 First Term Lesson Notes Week 3

Fun with Sand Play for Nursery 2

Outdoor (Sand Play): Lesson Plan

Subject: Physical Development
Class: Nursery 2
Term: First Term
Week: 3
Topic: Sand Play
Sub-topic: Exploring Sand and Soil Types
Duration: 40 minutes

Behavioral Objectives:

By the end of the lesson, pupils should be able to:

  1. Explore their environment using sand to play.
  2. Identify and differentiate between different types of sand/soil.


  • Sand
  • Soil
  • Play
  • Explore

Entry Behaviour:

Pupils have basic experience playing outdoors and handling sand.

Learning Resources and Materials:

  • Sandpit
  • Different samples of sand and soil (e.g., beach sand, garden soil, clay)
  • Buckets and shovels
  • Sieves
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Picture cards of different soil types

Building Background / Connection to Prior Knowledge:

Discuss how pupils use sand during playtime and what they know about different types of soil.

Embedded Core Skills:

  • Observation
  • Fine motor skills
  • Comparison
  • Exploration

Reference Books:

Lagos State Scheme of Work

Instructional Materials:

  • Sand samples
  • Soil samples
  • Buckets
  • Shovels
  • Sieves
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Picture cards


Pupils will explore and identify different types of sand and soil through hands-on activities.


Step 1: Review of Previous Topic

Step 2: Introduction of the New Topic

  • Introduce the new topic: “Sand Play.”
  • Explain that they will explore and identify different types of sand and soil.

Step 3: Teacher Demonstration and Pupil Participation

  • The teacher shows different types of sand and soil.
  • Allow pupils to touch and feel each type.
  • Demonstrate how to use the buckets, shovels, and sieves.
  • Encourage pupils to explore the sandpit and compare the different sand and soil samples.

Teacher’s Activities:

  • Demonstrate how to explore and play with sand.
  • Show different types of sand and soil.
  • Guide pupils in their exploration.
  • Encourage questions and observations.

Learners’ Activities:

  • Watch the teacher’s demonstration.
  • Explore the sandpit with buckets, shovels, and sieves.
  • Touch and compare different sand and soil samples.
  • Share observations and ask questions.


  • Observe pupils as they explore and play.
  • Check if they can identify and differentiate the types of sand and soil.
  • Note their level of engagement and curiosity.

Evaluation Questions:

  1. What does sand feel like?
  2. Can you find different types of sand?
  3. How is beach sand different from garden soil?
  4. What do you use a sieve for?
  5. Why is sand important for play?
  6. Can you show me the clay soil?
  7. How does soil help plants grow?
  8. Which type of sand is your favorite?
  9. Can you build something with sand?
  10. Why is it fun to play with sand?


  • The teacher goes around to observe and assist pupils.
  • Praise pupils for their efforts.
  • Encourage pupils to explore sand and soil at home.
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