Why is sand play good for your child?
Playing in the sand can be a great opportunity for children to have unstructured play time. Whether shaped into castles, dug or sifted, sand play can take many different forms offering endless opportunities for fun and learning. Here are a few ways that sand play can be beneficial to your child’s development.
Fine Motor Skills – Allowing your child to play in the sand by themselves and with others helps them to develop fine motor skills, these include those necessary to use a small shovel and build a castle or moat. Fine Motor Skills are used every day and are crucial to a child’s development.
Language Skills – Writing words in the sand offers a chance to develop language skills. Parents can ask questions to capitalize on the language play that can occur in the sand.
Social Skills –Any type of play can help children develop social skills like problem solving, sharing, and communicating. Sand play in particular offers a limited amount of space and toys for children to share while accomplishing goals they set for themselves like building a castle together.
Trust and confidence – One of the benefits of a contained space like a sandbox is that depending on the age of their child, caregivers can supervise children from a short distance and create an independent play experience. This type of natural separation between parent and child can build trust and confidence. As long as children continue to feel safe and are not under the impression they’ve been left behind, brief independent play opportunities can lessen separation anxiety and promote healthy parent-child attachment.
Sense of textures – 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 boxes can be messy and often take up a lot of room. With Cra-Z-Sand, mess is kept minimal as water isn’t needed and no large space is required. The crazy colours and features of each set can make sand play all the more fun! Check out the Cra-Z-Sand range here!