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Sensory Bucket: Water & Sand

Posted by fasd101 on July 22, 2013 at 1:30 AM

It is summer time

And what better way to spend  those HOT summer days

than with WATER & SAND play?

Water and sand play appeals to most children, but some of our sensory defensive kids might not be so keen to join in on the fun.

Make the water and sand buckets or Water and Sand Table available for your child to play. Encourage them to interact with you as you play.  Even if you can only get them to try it out for a few minutes at a time, it will help them become less sensitive to the materials.

I particularly like this water and sand table

because the water and sand sections are divided and it has the fun water tower and spinners to pour water through.

As much as I like those water & sand tables above

and if you purchased anything from my links I make a little commission

I understand that not everyone has the money for such luxuries.

A more cost effective way to play in the water and sand

is to use Rubbermaid Dish Pans

Buy two and set on a table side by side.

One with Sand and the other with Water.

Then gather some toys to promote play. Use spoons

cups, platic pitchers of water

you could even color some water in a pitcher

so when the child pours it in the water in the tub it will change the color.

Other Developemental Benefits

Social/emotional development.
Sand and water inspire children to work together in pretend play.
It has been well documented that playing with water & sand
can calm a child who is agitated or upset.
When children play with sand and water they often express
their thoughts and feelings.

Physical development
Children strengthen their small muscles as they mold wet sand and scoop water. They develop fine motor skills and eye-hand
coordination working with props as they pour water through a
funnel, sift sand through a sieve, and squeeze
a baster full of water. They build gross motor skills as they carry buckets of sand or water outdoors.

Cognitive development.
Sand and water are natural companions in scientificexplorations
and engage children in making careful observations and in classification, comparison, measurement, and problem-solving activities.
Children discover that as a liquid, water can be splashed, poured,
and frozen. As a dry solid, sand can be sifted, raked, and shoveled. When children combine the two, the properties of both change:
the dry sand becomes firm and the water becomes cloudy.
The texture of sand changes, too. Wet sand can be molded.
It also feels cooler to the touch than dry sand.
Children learn about volume and capacity as they fill empty containers.
They explore cause and effect when they observe which objects
sink and which float. And they discover that the amount of sand or water
remains the same whether the container is thin and tall or short and wide.

Language development
While playing with sand and water, children expand their vocabularies  as they learn words like grainy, rough, sprinkle, shallow, and funnel.
They build emerging literacy skills as they write letters in the sand or
use alphabet molds. Equally important, as children perform experiments at the sand and water table, they routinely ask
and answer questions.

Want to boost your WATER fun?
How about adding a music element.

The following video is yet another way to add
sensory stimulation to your water play.

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Can you see the benefits for our sensory challenged kids?

Now get outside and enjoy some fun with Water and Sand.

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1 Comment

Reply anonamoouse
7:18 PM on July 23, 2013 
Love this post. Going to make this for my daughter.