Sand games: creativity, learning & sensory therapy
Sand games occupy an important place among the games for sensorimotor development. Sand play makes a significant contribution to the development of creativity, language skills, fine motor skills and tactile perception. Sand helps the child get rid of negative emotions, relax and relieve stress.
For the first time sand therapy was introduced by the 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 gift for children !
We propose a couple of play ideas in the sand that will improve fine motor skills and sensory integration. The purpose of these activities is to regulate muscle tension, relax and have beneficial effects on the sensory nervous system.
Game "Hello, Sand!"
The main player offers different ways to get to know the sand, for example brushing it on, sprinkling it, painting with it, or saying how it feels.
Game "sand rain"
The child closes his eyes and places 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 in it.
Another variant of the game - the child closes his eyes and puts his palm on the sand with his fingers splayed, and the adult sprinkles sand on a finger so that the child names this finger.
Game "Wonderful Footprints"
For example, "The bears were here" - the child presses firmly on the sand with fists and palms. "Jump rabbits" - the child hits the sand with his fingertips and moves them in different directions. Be creative: "snakes crawl," "spiders run," and so on.
"Warm-Cold" game (from 4 years)
Ask the child to turn away and bury a "treasure" (toy) in the sandpit. Let the child choose a human or animal figure and lead them in different directions through the sandpit. If his toy is far from the "sweetheart", say "cold"; when the toy comes closer - "warm"; when the toy reaches the destination - "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. Then they can give their sand circle a name and talk about it.
Game "Whose imprint is that?"
On wet sand, marks from the palm of the hand, shoes or the wheels of a toy car can easily be left behind. Have the child guess where whose imprint is?
We know from experience that integrating sand play therapy into everyday activities has positive effects.
With this sandpit, your child will develop his creativity while relaxing. Classes, which include sand games, develop cognitive skills and improve deeper awareness of the environment in children.
Another great variation on an educational children's toy is a compact sandpit .
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