• Iris Windsor

Sand Play

Updated: Jan 28, 2019


Sand is a toy! The less a toy does the more a child will learn.


There are hours of fun and learning to be explored with sand as it promotes and encourages imaginative play!


A box filled with bits and pieces, toy animals, recycled items such as toilet rolls, empty bottles and boxes and also a collection of natural items from the garden such as leaves, twigs and stones.


Benefits of Sand Playing


Language Development

Playing with sand is a social activity requiring speaking and listening, also developing vocabulary.


Whether shaped into castles, dug, dripped, sifted, or buried, sand can take many different forms, thus offering endless opportunities for fun and learning!


Development of Fine Motor Skills

Allowing your child to play in the sand by themselves and with others helps them to develop fine motor skills like those necessary to use a small shovel, pull a truck, and build a castle or moat.


Writing words in the sand offers a chance to develop language skills. Educators can ask questions to capitalise on the language play that can occur in the sand.


Development of Social Skills

Play can also help children develop social skills like problem solving, sharing, and communicating.


Sand play offers a limited amount of space and toys for children to share while accomplishing goals they set for themselves like building a castle together.


Independent Play Experience

One of the benefits of a contained space like a sandbox is that depending on the age of their child, Educators can supervise children from a short distance and create an independent play experience.


Sensory

Development of the sense of touch. Feeling and manipulating objects and moulding the sand. Sand play is particularly beneficial for developing a sense of textures. Not only is sand a new and different texture for children to feel on their skin, but the contrast it creates with concrete, grass, dirt, and wood will emphasise the sensation of each surface.


Whether shaped into castles, dug, dripped, sifted, or buried, sand can take many different forms, thus offering endless opportunities for fun and learning!


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