Skill Building Through Sand Play

April 5, 2012 at 9:09 am Leave a comment

Skill Building through Sand Play

Skill Building through Sand Play

  1. Large Motor Skills
    Large motor skills develop and strengthen as children dig, scoop, sift, and pour. The whole body can get involved in sand play!
  2. Hand-eye Coordination
    Children develop better control over their small muscles as they practice manipulating sand play toys like funnels, mills, shovels, scoops, and sifters.
  3. Social & Emotional
    Playing together in the sandbox or at the beach requires sharing, compromise, negotiation, and turn-taking. Children work together and negotiate minor conflicts as they decide what kind of pretend play scene to engage in, for how long, and what the roles will be.
  4. Math Skills
    Measuring and pouring with cups and spoons, balance scales, buckets and sand molds reinforce the basic math concepts of more and less, full and empty, heavy and light, and counting.
  5. Science Skills
    Sand is the perfect medium for exploring basic science concepts and scientific thinking. What happens when water is added? What kind of sand is best for building? Kids will naturally experiment with funnels, sand mills, filters, and other tools, making scientific discoveries along the way.
  6. Language & Pre-reading Skills
    Exercising language skills can be as simple as describing the sand, toys, and basic structures . . . or as imaginative as dreaming up and building an elaborate sand town with places to name, adventures to describe, and signs in the sand to write and read.
  7. Art & Creativity Skills
    Sand play offers children an unlimited, forgiving space in which to imagine and create. Wirth sand as their canvas, young artists or inventors may be more willing to take creative risks and try out new perspectives, knowing that a drawing or sculpture can be easily wiped out or revised with every new idea.

Melissa & Doug Sand Play Toys

New Sunny Patch Outdoor Toys
Tootle Turtle Dump Truck Toy by Melissa & Doug: Sunny PatchTootle Turtle Lawn Mower Toy by Melissa & Doug: Sunny Patch


At Melissa & Doug we strive to produce the highest quality educational toys for children. From puzzles to puppets, plush to play food, magnetic activities, music and more, Melissa & Doug is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of quality educational toys and children’s products. Started in 1988 in their garage, Melissa & Doug has something for everyone, with over 1000 unique and exciting toys for children of all ages.

Entry filed under: Artistic Skills, By Age, By Season, By Skill, Cognitive Skills, Emotional Skills, Fine Motor Skills, Imaginative Skills, Large Motor Skills, Outdoor Play, Play Ideas, Preschoolers (3-4 years), Skill Building, Speech Skills, Spring, Summer, Toddler (1-2 years), Toys, Tweens (5-12). Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , .

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