Sand Play Pedagogy
The Sand Play provision supports physical development - both fine and gross motor skills and hand eye coordination. Children pour, dig, scoop, sift, build using the sand and learn cleaning up skills when using the dustpan and brush. Hand-eye coordination and small muscle control improve as children learn to manipulate sand accessories to build castles and use moulds to make shapes.
Sand play also promotes social skills. When children work together at the Sand Area they are faced with real problems that require sharing, compromising, and negotiating. As children take on roles associated with their early role play, they learn important social skills such as empathy and perspective, listening to each other and finding solutions themselves without an adult intervention.
Mathematical and scientific concepts can be developed during sand play by providing children with containers in a variety of sizes and shapes, balance scales, or counting bears and spoons and equipment of different sizes and capacities.
Look out for future mathematicians and scientists exploring the Sand Area!
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