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Early years sand and water play can be beneficial to developing a number of skills including communication and language, physical development, understanding the world, expressive art and design and numeracy. Sand and water play develops numeracy skills as early years children use measuring spoons, cups, scales and shapes within the sand pits.
The cooperative play develops communication and language skills through exploration and imaginative play.
As children explore and learn new things such as about the concepts of measuring and the movement of water it develops their understanding of the world. Lifting and moving of sand and water also contributes to physical development within early years children. Early years settings can use sand pits to develop art and design skills. Children can be encouraged to create different shapes and sculptures using the sand and their imagination.Read more