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sand table

a table with raised edges holding sand for children to play with.
Military. a table holding a scale model of a tract of land, including trees, streams, buildings, etc., made of hardened sand, used for training in gunnery or tactics.
Origin of sand table
First recorded in 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The sand table, especially with work for younger children, is indispensable.

    Picture-Work Walter L. (Walter Lowrie) Hervey
  • A sand table should be considered one of the indispensable furnishings of every schoolroom.

    Primary Handwork Ella Victoria Dobbs
  • During this time there were frequent discussions about how it was to be worked out on the sand table.

    Primary Handwork Ella Victoria Dobbs
  • The modeling of animals or people for the sand table is full of interest for the younger children.

    The Potter's Craft Charles F. Binns
  • Two groups of children, one for the poster and one for the sand table, were assigned the work of placing the figures.

    Primary Handwork Ella Victoria Dobbs
  • I have a box cupboard, a sand table, two long low tables marked with squares, and strong benches.

    The Child in the Midst Mary Schauffler Labaree
British Dictionary definitions for sand table

sand table

(military) a surface on which sand can be modelled into a relief map on which to demonstrate tactics
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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