Play with water and sand

A way to stimulate the senses of children

The supply of toys grows every day. There are so many ideas, materials, forms and drawings that the choice is complicated when we want to buy a toy for children. In the market there are toys for all ages, with innovative proposals and very attractive aspects. However, with the arrival of good weather many children start again to have interest in traditional games such as the rope, the cart, the kite and, of course, the game with water and sand.

How to play with water and sand on the beach

The smaller the child is, the more he learns through his senses. The smell and touch are the senses most used by children who are in their second year of life, the ideal age to take them to a park and teach them to play with sand, bucket and shovel. Apart from the park, when the heat arrives and many families choose the beach for the holidays, playing in the water and with the sand has always been one of the favorite games for families.

Armed with bucket, shovel and rake, and some molds many families go to the beach to sit and play, sometimes on their knees and sometimes crouching on the beach sand. The game usually begins with filling the bucket with wet sand to pour it and convert the sand mold into the towers of the castle. The walls of the castle are usually built with the help of the rake that accumulates sand and the pit with the shovel where it is customary to pour water.

Both water and sand are elements that stimulate the senses, promote growth and development and help the motor coordination of children. It is a game that helps them interact with other children through language and vocabulary learning, apart from that which makes them more creative in planning the way they want to give the arena, and then creators of their own game. Playing with water and sand allows children to express their creativity and feel motivated to plan.

From four or five years of age, it is convenient to include other types of toys in the beach bag with sand and water. Trucks, tractors, animal molds, constructions and cars can encourage you in the creation of scenes and stories. The possibilities are really unlimited. The game with water and sand can interest an extroverted child and at the same time a shy child or who has difficulties to relate to others.

In the event that you can not go to the beach or a park, sandboxes for early social interaction already exist on the market. It is enough to invite some friends of your son to work together in the construction of their imagination.

An educational game for children

Playing with water and sand is a good opportunity for children to be in contact with nature. It is a good time for parents to stress the importance of using water to work the sand and shape it, to water the plants, and to clean their hands after the game. Apart from educating, playing with water and sand is beneficial for very agitated children. This type of game, generally, can have a reassuring effect on children. It will help them to concentrate, share, calm down; you just have to be careful so that the little ones do not try to take the sand to their mouths. Therefore, in the case of children under three years of age, the game must be under the supervision of an adult.

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