Thursday 17th September
Yesterday the blog was about the importance of water play. Today it’s about the importance of sand in the early years.
Like water, sand is an open ended material and there is no right or wrong way to play with it. Children are free to experiment and discover things for themselves
The sand tray like the water tray is one of the most popular areas of the classroom for young children, the children have lots of fun when they play with sand and water however, it is important to remember that these areas are essential to the classroom for higher-level learning.
Playing with sand allows children to learn with hands-on materials and take in new information through their senses.
Playing with sand can be an introduction to higher-level thinking concepts like volume. When children empty two buckets of sand into one larger bucket, they begin to learn about which bucket has more and which bucket has less. They have the opportunity to see how many cups it takes to fill the largest bucket. They can also see how one tall bucket of sand also equals a short, large bucket. Children also use the sand to create shapes and structures. All of which is necessary for mathematical learning
As children play together in the sand tray they develop good social skills and skilled members of staff develop children’s language and understanding through careful questions and comments. This is why we provide sand both indoors and outdoors so children can have opportunities to play, experiment and learn in a way that is developmentally right for them.
Today we greeted more of our new children and more full timers stayed for lunch.
Please try not to worry if your child doesn’t eat much in the first couple of days, we will always let you know if we are worried and will always ensure that they eat afternoon snack if they only had a small lunch.
Hot food is served every day and salad, a fruit platter and yoghurt are always available with the meal.
Have a lovely evening.