I like doing this in the pencil box then it doesn't get everywhere. Have the child say the individual letters as they trace them in the salt/cornmeal, and you're addressing all three learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.

literacy center sight word activities- put the sand in a pencil box for easy upkeep and clean up! NOTE: this only works with a thin layer of sand. If you put too much the writing doesn't show up. It went over okay with my kids, not their favorite

Christmas Post Office Writing Table

Christmas literacy activity post office writing table

10 Sensational Sand Play Ideas

10 Sensational Sand Play Ideas

Place sand/salt box on light table and draw letters, shapes, numbers - plus more activities for Everyday light table play Teach Preschool

21 Ways to Inspire Interest in Your Writing Table | Childhood101 Great ideas for home or school.

21 Ways to Inspire Interest in Your Writing Table

IDEA: Practice Printing Bags, squeeze paint in a zip lock freezer bag to encourage writing practice. Clever!

Practice Printing Bags

Scribble Doodle and Draw: use paint baggies to practice printing letters, sight words, spelling words, etc. so many ways! --I like the addition of the qtip as the writing tool for fine motor practice!

Jolly Phonics challenge table.

Jolly Phonics challenge table // Could be an interesting way to begin arranging materials for a phonics centre

Teacher's Pet – Ideas & Inspiration for Early Years (EYFS), Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) | Chalk Table

things to do with an ikea table - paint with chalkboard paint, cut hole, insert chalk bin, have fun. Would be a fun twist on a dinner table too. I loved coloring on the table at Garfield's