Came across this article in the Chinese newspaper the other day about sand play. Found it very useful and decided I should share it with my readers! Let me TRY to translate it. (Gosh, I haven’t read such a huge chunk of Chinese words since my O level Chinese examination.)
Introduction – Benefits of sand play
Playing with sand allows children to develop in many areas.
- Kids get to exercise.
- Develops their motor-skills
- Widens their imagination
- Expands their social network.
With the intrusion of technology, kids nowadays seldom get in touch with nature. The joys and benefits of interacting with nature are often neglected.
Early Childhood Specialist explains: Sand is a multi-sensory toy
There are many ways to play with sand and this allows children to develop their various senses.
- Sense of touch in feeling the texture of sand
- They use their muscles in the process of digging up and sculpting the sand
- Sense of sight in discovering things hidden in the sand (seashells, stones, seaweed, leaves etc.)
- We can encourage children to use objects from nature to create works of art.
Children benefit from the PROCESS of sand play
Parents are encouraged to join in with their children. In the process of working together to build something, children will learn
- Voicing their views
- Coping with unforeseen circumstances
- Problem-solving skills
Convinced of the benefits of sand-play? But WHERE can we do it in Singapore?
10 Best Singapore Sand Playgrounds
1. Labrador Park
Getting there: Labrador Park MRT (CC27)
2. Palawan Beach (Sentosa)
Getting there: From Harbourfront MRT (NE1 / CC29), take the Sentosa Express from Vivocity.
3. Tiong Bahru Park Playground
Getting there: 5 minutes walk from Tiong Bahru MRT (EW17)
4. Telok Kurau Park
Getting there: Bus 15 and 155
5. West Coast Park
Getting there: From Haw Par Villa MRT (CC25), transfer to bus 175 or 176.
6. East Coast Park
Getting there: Bus 401 (only available on Sundays and Public Holidays)
7. Pasir Ris Park Playground
Getting there: From Pasir Ris MRT (EW1), transfer to bus 403
8. Punggol Waterway Park
Getting there: Damai LRT station (PE7)
9. Sembawang Park
Getting there: From Sembawang MRT (NS11), transfer to bus 882
10. Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
Getting there: Bus 132, 165 and 166
[disclaim]The above information was from a local Chinese Newspaper 联合早报. I merely translated it.[/disclaim]