Sandplay: Creativity, Learning & Sensory Therapy
Among the games for sensorimotor development play sand plays an important place. Sand play contributes significantly to the development of creativity, language skills, fine motor skills and tactile perception. Sand will help the child get rid of negative emotions, relax and relieve stress.
Sand therapy was first introduced by psychotherapist Carl Gustav Jung.
The best time to play with sand and teach sand games is summer. However, you can play with sand indoors. The indoor sandpit is a great one gift for children!
We suggest a couple of sand play ideas that improve fine motor skills and sensory integration. The purpose of these activities is to regulate muscle tension, relax and produce positive effects on the sensory nervous system.
Game "Hello, Sand!"
The main player offers various ways of getting to know the sand, such as brushing it, sprinkling it, painting with it, or saying how it feels.
Game "Sand Rain"
The child closes his eyes and puts his palm on the sand with his fingers spread. Suggest him to "hide from the rain", ie. to close his palm as soon as sand rains into it.
Another variation of the game - the child closes his eyes and puts his palm on the sand with his fingers spread, and the adult sprinkles sand on one finger so that the child names this finger.
Miraculous Footprints Game
For example, "The bears were here" - the child presses hard on the sand with his fists and palms. "Bunny jumping" - the child hits the sand with his fingertips, moving them in different directions. Be creative: "snakes crawl", "spiders walk" and so on.
Game "warm-cold" (from 4 years)
Ask the child to turn away and bury a "treasure" (toy) in the sandbox. Let the child choose a human or animal figure and lead them in different directions through the sandbox. If his toy is far from "treasure", say "cold"; when the toy gets closer - "warm"; when the toy reaches the target - "hot".
Game “Sand Circle”
The child somehow draws a circle on the sand and decorates it with various objects: pebbles, seeds, shells, coins, buttons, etc. After that, he can name his circle of sand and talk about it.
Game "Whose footprint is this?"
On wet sand, marks from the palm of your hand, from shoes or from the wheels of a toy car are easy to leave. Have the child guess where is whose footprint?
Through experience we know that the integration of sandplay therapy in everyday activities leads to positive effects.
With this sandbox, your child will develop their creativity while relaxing. Classes, which include sand games, develop cognitive skills and improve children's deeper perception of the environment.
Another great twist on an educational children's toy is a compact sandbox.