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This activity will help children learn language through observing and exploring deserts.

Let's talk about deserts today!

Children love sensory activities and here is an awesome one to add around desert theme. In this activity children will have lots of fun creating a desert oasis.


For this activity you will need:

Dirt or sand

Baking pan Optional: crafts such as pipe cleaners, pompoms

Learning Outcomes




Expressive Language


Speaking, learning, observing and exploring deserts.


Step 1: 

Many deserts are composed of compact dirt or clay rather than sand. Enlist the children's help in packing some moist dirt in the bottom of a baking tray. 

Step 2:

Have children note how the dirt looks and feels. 

Step 3:

Leave the tray outside in direct sunlight for a day or two. Observe the dirt and talk about how it changed. The sun sucked all of the moisture out of it!  

Activity Author

Photo of  Mariana Carazo
Mariana Carazo| Early Childhood Educator

Mariana holds a MA Degree from Columbia University in Curriculum and Teaching. She is a passionate and keen educator looking to re-think education through Play Based Learning. She is also into curriculum and content development through developmentally appropriate practices.

Playful Questions

What might you find in the Desert?

Is the desert hot or cold? What do you wear in the desert?

How do people and animals cool off in the hot desert? 

How could you make a river in the desert?