Sandpit Play

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Recommend for: Cognitive, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Baby, Toddler, Preschooler,


Summary: Children gain a great deal of enjoyment from playing in the sandpit. Scooping, pouring and moulding aid the development of their fine motor skills, while digging and raking assists their gross motor skills development.

When planning a sandpit, you should choose a shady area outside. It should be deep enough for children to be able to dig holes (45 cm would be the minimum depth).

The sandpit should be raked regularly and checked for dangerous objects. Try and cover it when not in use, so that the sand stays clean.

Sand play equipment should be introduced after the children have had time to experience it with their hands first. Some items you might like to add to the sandpit include:

  • Plastic rakes and spades
  • Toy wheelbarrow
  • Jugs
  • Teapots
  • Measuring cups and spoon
  • Shells, pebbles, leaves
  • Funnels
  • Sieves
  • Moulds
  • Any container that is safe, such as old Tupperware or buckets
  • Toy cars and trucks

If you feel creative, you can add different coloured sand to the mix.

Variation: You can hide small objects in the sand and let kids go on a treasure hunt.

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