Sand-play is an activity that brings numerous benefits and one that should definitely be encouraged!
Apart from sand-play being a whole lot of fun for the kids, it is an activity that comes with numerous benefits and one that should definitely be encouraged! Sand-play has been shown to have positive effects on cognitive, physical, communicative, creative and social-emotional development.
It helps children to learn about the properties of sand and numerous mathematical and scientific concepts such as estimation, volume, and texture. It leads to creative play where the imagination is the limit and an entire world can be created to explore and ponder, and it is an excellent medium for self-expression and self-soothing. As adults, most of us can relate to the soothing feeling of running sand between your fingers or squishing it between your toes – this undoubtedly soothing effect of sad is great for children who need to release pent up energy or emotions!
And yet, aside from the benefits of sad, there are always the cons to deter well intentioned parents. Firstly, sand pits are often viewed as giant kitty-litter areas by oblivious feline visitors. In addition, they can become a breeding ground to all sorts of miggies and creepy crawlies, and have been known to be a common cause of worm infestations in children. We have included a few sand-pit tips so that you can make sand-play safe and fun!