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Create your own sand pit for a great sensory expereince. 

Materials Needed:

  • Sand.
  • An inflatable kid’s pool.
  • Buckets / spades.
  • Old pots, pans, spoons etc.

What to do:

  • Inflate the kid’s pool and pour in enough sand to fill it about half (the bottom should be covered then add a little extra).
  • Add buckets, spades, pots, pans and spoons to it.
  • Sit baby in the sand pool and let them explore and manipulate the sand.

Hints and Tips:

  • Babies love manipulating sand and this is a great set up to have at a party! You can even fit up to 6 babies inside (depending on the size of the kiddy pool).
  • Sand can be bought at a local building supply store, however check online for bargains.
  • Once you have filled your kiddy pool with sand, be sure to rake it thoroughly so there are no dangerous or sharp objects hidden inside.
  • When you have finished using it, it’s important to keep it covered. You can use some plastic sheeting to do this. Otherwise you may get some unexpected animals using it as the loo.
  • Change the items/objects in the sand pool to keep baby’s interest some items include: kitchen equipment, animal figurines, cars & trucks, rocks, shells, natural items (sticks, leaves, pine cones etc).
  • Supervise baby as they may eat the sand or accidentally get sand in their eye. If sand gets into their eye, don’t panic just wash it out with water.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 1 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    - Is able to hold to items in each hand at the same time.
    - Can bend over and pick up objects from the floor.
    - Plays alongside child rather than with another child.
    - Begins to learn basic social skills.
    - Have preferences for specific toys.

  • Play Based Learning: Sensory Play, Exploratory Play, Manipulative Play
  • Interest Areas: Outdoor Area, Sand and Water Area, Sensory Play
  • Games Categories: Creative Play Games, Family Games, Fine Motor Skills, Manipulation Games, Outdoor Games, Sand and Water Games, Sensory Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 2, Learning Outcome 4, Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    LO2 - Children Are Connected With And Contribute To Their World

    2.4 Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

    LO4 - Children Are Confident And Involved Learners

    4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

    LO5 - Children Are Effective Communicators

    5.4 Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work

Created On January 3, 2015 Last modified on Friday, February 6, 2015
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