The Play Stages with Play Sand

Children of different ages enjoy play sand differently. They all love the idea of playing in sandboxes. However, if you observe keenly, you would notice that they play differently. For one, toddlers use their senses to explore the sand. They will even try to eat it. They are also contented in watching the sand sift through their fingers. The texture, the color and the taste of the sand is enough to make them interested.

For children who are a little older than toddlers, they enjoy playing with sand by filling up buckets with it. Then after that they empty the buckets again. Preschoolers would scoop up mounds of sand and create hills with it. This is because they are exploring their constructive side. They are learning how to build structures out of the things they see around them.

Four year old children are more imaginative. You will see it in the structures that they build. They are more particular with detail. In addition to their sand castles they will build motes, creeks and gardens. They will also incorporate their plastic toys with the sand structures that they build. And you will hear them talking and conversing with their toys.

Encourage your children to play since it really helps in both their mental and emotional development. Provide them with accessories and toys that they can use to develop their creative skills. Tools like plastic rakes, buckets, rocks, twigs and bowls will do. Just make sure that it’s nothing sharp, pointed or anything that may harm your child. Doing activities with play sand will help in improving your children’s hand and eye coordination. They will discover the difference in texture of sand when it’s wet and when it’s dry. It will aid in the development of their sensory motor skills. Who knows, next time you visit one of the many beach scenes, your child will suddenly create a beautiful sand castle!