Kids can spend hours playing with sand. As summer begins, it’s important to get kids outdoors. So, give them sand to dig, pour, sift, scoop and use their imagination. Sand play provides a great sensory opportunity for tactile learning. And it’s fun! Check out this video of sand play at our playgrounds: youtu.be/sSPsA2DuLqU
Allowing kids to play in the sand promotes physical development. Using sand accessories helps develop fine motor skills. Lifting and digging sand builds large muscle skills, especially when you throw water into the mix. This allows muscles to adapt to the added weight and strengthen the upper body!
- Find new ways to play with sand with 10 easy ideas for sensory sand play: theempowerededucatoronline.com/2015/04/10-easy-ideas-for-sensory-sand-play.html/
- If your kids love playing with dirt, here is a simple recipe to creating a germ-free home edition! growingajeweledrose.com/2014/02/dirt-dough-recipe-for-play.html
- Looking for an alternative to sand? Learn how to make play dough using a salt dough recipe with flour, salt, water, and food coloring: youtu.be/oAIAm6BF0fs
Did you know that sand play also promotes social skills like problem solving, sharing and communicating? That’s why Inclusion Matters by Shane’s Inspiration’s playgrounds feature raised sand tables and accessible diggers so children of all abilities can play together in the sand. Learn more at inclusionmatters.org.
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