Fun in the Sand
The fine weather has meant that we can still enjoy the garden. The children LOVE the small sand pit that we have and always play well together there. This week I have experimented with adding different things to the sand pit for them to explore.
1) Sandcastle Moulds
An obvious item to add to the sand pit but both mine find making sand castles quite tricky. I taught them how to scoop the sand in and make sure that the sand is pushed down and compacted into all the corners. Tipping the mould over proved tricky too and we had to practise lots of times before we got a perfect castle.
2) Dry and wet sand
Our sand tray has two compartments so I added water to one side to make wet sand and left the other dry. Little Miss enjoyed exploring the two different textures. She made marks in the wet sand and had fun running the dry sand through her fingers.
3) Adding small world figures.
I am sure I have mentioned before but small world play is a favourite in our house. Adding small world figures to the sand gave the imaginative play a new dimension as they had new lands to live in.
I added a range of socks to the sand pit. Both children enjoyed filling the socks with sand and then we used mathematical language – heavy/heavier
to talk about them.
Sand is such a therapeutic, tactile resource to play in and with and both of mine love it, adding different resources to it means that the educational benefits as well as social benefits are endless.