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The Benefits of Sand and Water Play for Children

Sand and water play encourages hands-on learning and can be easily linked into the school curriculum

You don’t have to be on the beach to reap the benefits of playing with sand and water. It’s not unusual to see Sand Boxes, paddling pools and sometimes even waterways in local parks and school playgrounds.

The importance of water play cannot be understated, with this form of play having numerous studies carried out to prove how effective it can be for developing a whole range of different skills within children.

The same can be said for sand play, which has many advocates for this form of play. In addition, a wide variety of schools have started placing sand play equipment next to water play equipment to form a sensory area.

Sand and Water Play Tables provide great opportunities for sensory play, which is essential for healthy child development. 

Sand and Water Play is a fully inclusive form of play and encourages groups of children to work together, communicate and share. This is why sand play and water play are so important and effective methods to educate early years children and develop their understanding of the seven areas of learning.

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Sand and water play tables have a major role in early science learning, maths, physical development and imaginative and creative play.

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If you feel that learners in your school would benefit from sand and water play, we would be more than happy to discuss playground options with you, just simply Contact Us through the website.

To look at options for your outdoor learning environment, visit our dedicated Sand and Water Play Page for more information.

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