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Friday, July 6, 2012

KidKraft Sandbox
A wooden sand box and sand tables are not only fun, but they can also offer children a unique sensory experience that can be tailored to teach many different mathematics, literacy and science related concepts. A sand box for kids should include special sand that has been cleaned and is designed for children to play with, along with a variety of toys that will stimulate their imagination. Shovels, small rakes and sand molds are common toys that can be included in sand play by children.

For outdoor play, a wooden sand box for kids can be easily set up that will allow several children to be able to play in the sand at once. Children will enjoy mimicking adult activities such as planting a garden and making mud pies when they play outside in a sand box. To keep outdoor critters and insects out of the sand box when it is not being used, a cover might be placed on a wooden sand box. This will also help to protect it from outside elements such as rain.

Sand tables can be used outside, but because of their design, also make an excellent source of inside sand play. When used inside, the sand table can be set up to provide multiple learning opportunities for children. Preschool teachers often use sand tables to teach letters by having children draw letters in the sand. The children usually enjoy how easy it is to erase mistakes and start over with only a swipe of their hands. Kids also find that it is fun to dig for items in sand. Hide plastic dinosaur bones in a sandbox for kids, and watch as children become mini-archaeologists as they go on a dinosaur hunt. Sea shells and other small items can also be placed in the sand to spark children’s curiosity.

For children with developmental delays and behavioral disorders, playing in the sand can provide a calming effect that will carry on throughout their other activities during the day. Sand play fosters small motor skills as children practice pouring the sand. The coolness and gritty texture of the sand appeals to the senses of all children and can help easily distracted children to practice focusing their attention. Children can play side by side in the sand and develop important concepts such as sharing and cooperation.

Scientific concepts such as colors, measurement, and cause and effect, can be learned through playing in the sand. Different colors of sand can be added to the table and discussed with the children. Sand art can also be created by allowing the children to pour the different colors through funnels in order to create a design. Measuring cups will encourage children to begin to understand some basic concepts regarding measuring and pouring materials. Create a mud pie recipe for children to follow and post it nearby so that they children can develop their literacy skills. When it comes to learning through sand play, the opportunities are limited to only the imagination. Include a sandbox for kids in their play area and watch as their creativity unfolds.

by: RonJun eShop