Learning Benefits of Sand Play

Most children enjoy sand play throughout their early years, and purposeful, self-directed play in this area can make an enormous contribution to a child’s development. See below to discover how…

• Learn how to work independently and select equipment
• Co-operate, take turns and share equipment as part of a group
• Learn to respect others’ ideas
• Extend imagination when developing ideas in the sand e.g. using the play people to make up a story in the sand, adding natural materials
• Learn to use the sand safely and with consideration for others
• Talk about what they have done in the sand with confidence and a sense of achievement
• Develop self esteem by seeing displays of learning in the sand
• Experience the therapeutic value of working with wet/dry sand