Sand help a child develop fine motor skills like those necessary to use a small shovel, pull a truck, and build a castle. By burying themselves in sand, and feeling their body position within the sand, children are using words to communicate their different body parts that they can feel or move under the sand.
Sand play also helps children develop more complex social skills like sharing, and communicating with piers. A child does not need large numbers of toys in a sandpit as their imagination will be endless.
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 emphasize the sensation of each surface.
Sand Play Safety Tips
- A sand box should always be cover it when it’s not in use to keep animals out.
- Raking sand regularly will help to keep it clean, fresh, and dry.
- Instruct children to wash their hands after playing in the sand.
- Remember children should wear sunscreen when playing outdoors for any length of time.