You can dig in it, sift it, build with it, pour it. You can smell it, feel it, pretend with it and explore how it moves.
Sand play is a perennial favourite with small children, and this week the children at Active Explorers Richmond developed their physical, social and cognitive skills making rivers and lakes by digging in the sand and moving water from the trough to the sandpit.
“The water kept disappearing before they could fully realise their plan to make a river, so I got the hose, placed it in the sandpit and turned it on so that there was a steady trickle,” says Kaiako Annie.
“It was amazing to watch the play unfold and extend. They added boats, and more children joined in bringing new ideas and resources to the activity.”