21. Sand Play
You don’t need a big sandpit or any fancy equipment to help your child enjoy the benefits of sand play.
You don’t need a big sandpit or any fancy equipment to help your child enjoy the benefits of sand play. Even just a small box of sand provides a great sensory toy that will engage them for many hours as they explore the unique texture and movement of sand in their hands. As well as the obvious fine motor and hand-eye co-ordination skills that sand promotes, it can also develop imaginative and creative play as they begin to create worlds and develop stories with the sand. Give them some old toilet roll tubes, small cups, play figures, pebbles - anything - and they’ll begin to construct dramas and fairytales. Playing alongside their friends in the sand also encourage social and emotional learning as they take turns, play parts and have fun with simple sand.
Great sand play accessories:
- plastic containers and buckets (such as yoghurt, ice-cream, margarine) of different sizes and shapes
- old kitchen utensils—jugs, saucepans, wooden spoons, funnels etc
- old combs and brushes
- toys—trucks, cars, plastic people, wheelbarrows and play tea sets
- sticks, rocks, shells and flowers