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Play in the sandbox

from 9 months to 1 year 6 months

Sand play is a great way for your child to develop arm and hand motor skills, feel different textures, and explore the concepts of full and empty.
Sandboxes in public parks also give your child a chance to practice playing and sharing with others.
When you first put your child in the sandbox, stay close. They're likely to eat some sand the first time they encounter it.

Babies and toddlers explore their world by mouthing things, and young children don't understand what they can and can't eat. Babies put things in their mouth to see how they taste.
To discourage this, tell your child, "We put food in our mouth, not sand." Most kids quickly discover that sand doesn't taste good and stop eating it. But if you're concerned, wait until your baby is out of the intense mouthing stage before letting them play in the sandbox.

Playing with sand soothes the baby, expands their knowledge about the world, develops an accurate eye, creativity, imagination and fine motor skills.
Games in a sandbox can be different, your little one can:

  •  just delve in the sand, dig, pour, tramp it down, sift;
  • make sand sculptures using molds;
  • build castles with dams, castles with moats filled with water;
  • build roads, garages for cars and houses for toys;
  • draw on the sand with sticks, leave hand- and footprints

Playing with sand, use other natural materials: stones, sticks, twigs, shells, flowers, buds, feathers, etc.
Make photos of your baby playing in the sandbox and upload a collage to the App. Add some words about the process and your kid's impressions.

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