Has your child has been coming home with enough sand to fill your own sandbox? If so, it’s probably because many of our students have been spending their recess time playing in the sand. Their play differs by grades, but students of all ages love to use their imaginations as they dig in the sandbox.
The sandbox not only provides our students with outdoor fun, but also numerous learning opportunities. During their time in the sand, our students are working on social skills, including: communicating their needs to one another, sharing space, sharing sand toys, compromising, collaborating and taking turns.
The Hoot Owls and Owlets have been using elbow pipes and water to create lakes, rivers, dams, tunnels, bridges, mountains, volcanoes and any other geological feature they can think of. They have been setting up their own “challenges” to knock down walls of sand by pouring water into the pipes and allowing it to flow out.
The Kindergarteners have been working together to create bridges and lakes in the sand. The first through fifth graders have been working together to dig really deep holes, searching for clay or other items what might be under the sandbox. They have also enjoyed trying to create bridges over the deep holes, as well as trying their hands at some baking.
The sandbox is a great place for our students to explore with their hands, try out imaginary play, practice their social skills, strengthen their arm muscles, and have fun!