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Playing with sand helps kids learn about shape, weight and capacity as they fill containers with sand and investigate changes, like what happens to the sand when water is added.
Words that relate to sand will be more accessible to your child when they are interacting with it. Words like pour, trickle, sift, scoop, heap, dig, shovel, slide, mound, bury, tunnel, pat, mould, squeeze, flatten, damp, heavy, light, more, less, same, equal, absorb, flow, solid, liquid, wet, dry, course, fine.
Sand is a great material for kids to explore. It can be shoveled, scooped, poured, trickled, sifted, patted, moulded, poked, piled, smoothed, flattened, jumped in, tunneled through, drawn in and decorated.
Encourage your child to explore different ways to play with sand by asking questions like:
If your child is ready for further investigation, try these ideas: