Encouraging children to play in the backyard is easier if there are one or two designated play areas for them. In such spots, they know they are free to create and play whatever they desire. One of the best items for occupying children outdoors is a sandpit because it is a great spot for imagination, building, dreaming and playing.
A homemade frame of boards or cement blocks will certainly contain sand and make a satisfactory sandpit in which the children can play - do make sure the edges are safe. These frames can easily be covered with a tarp in order to keep debris and animals out of the sand when the kids are not playing in it. Some companies provide fun sandboxes that are shaped to look like crabs or turtles. These small-sized sand play options usually include a lid.
Children need time when they are free to play whatever they want to play as long as it is constructive and does not hurt anyone. Providing a few toys and kid-friendly digging tools helps to give them ideas of things they can do and make in the sand. Encouraging their imagination helps them use their mind for creativity as they are actively engaged in projects in the fresh air and sunshine.
Here are some of the toys and tools that are fun for sand play:
Even older children can enjoy a sandpit when they have some fun and engaging games to play. Adults can encourage them in sandcastle-building competitions, writing their names and other words in the sand and playing Tic-Tac-Toe or connect four in a row. Besides sandcastles, children can be encouraged in making other shapes and art designs that they or the adults can photograph to share with friends on social media or to print out and make homemade cards to send to Grandma. If the sandbox is large enough, games like tug of war are also excellent.
Sand in the backyard opens up many opportunities for positive play. Children can come up with many creative ways to use sand, but they need some supervision so that no sand eating or throwing occurs. Sand in the eyes could happen, but flushing with lots of water usually helps or getting professional medical aid. Usually, playing in the sand together can be a fun experience for children.
Adults can also join in sand play from time to time. Children love older people to take an interest in their play and bring new ideas for games. Owning a sandpit in the backyard provides a place for endless hours of things to do for the family in the sun and fresh air outdoors.
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