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Writing On Sand

Children have a natural attraction for sand play. They dig in sand, sift it, build with it, pour it, enjoy the feel and smell of it, pretend with it, and explore how it moves.

Why play in sand?

Sand play invites chipping in, it stretches the imagination, and it surely is an excellent opportunity for children to learn physical, cognitive, and social skills.

Since sand play is open-ended, the child determines the direction and path of his or her own play. This freedom then clears the way for the child to evolve and adapt.

Sand as a teacher:

  • Using sand to develop Mathematical skills is easy.
  • You might like to coach your child to do the following little activities.


  • Draw a shape and count the number of sides and corners.
  • Draw a ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ shape and describe how they are similar and/or different.
  • Draw shape patterns in the sand.


  • Using sand to develop literacy skills is easy and fun.
  • Write their names in the sand and any family members.
  • Write the letters of the alphabet.
  • Close their eyes and write the name of their favourite colour.