As parents, we’re always looking for creative ways to support our children. Playing in the sand at the beach is a perfect mix of fun and effortless learning for children. At Sand Pal, we harness the already plentiful benefits of sand play using specialized sand castle kits. Armed with our kits, children are ready to turn their most ambitious and imaginative ideas into real life creations.
The benefits of sand play
Educators have known about the benefits of sand play for hundreds of years. Playing with sand introduces children to mathematical concepts like mass and capacity, improves their spatial awareness, develops their coordination, and supports muscle strength and motor skills.
But an even greater benefit is that children love it. The texture and moldability of sand is fascinating to them, and it provides them with an opportunity to independently shape material and create three dimensional structures and shapes.
Although plentiful and naturally occurring, sand has an edge over many specially developed toys – it is lightweight and flexible to shape, giving even very young children plenty of independence. Unlike wooden or plastic building blocks, it can be manipulated to make whatever children want to make – castles, people, animals, or craters – the only limit is their imagination.
What does a sand castle kit include?
The kid includes seven molds and a large scraper. Blue molds have an easy to use mechanism to seamlessly deposit the sand. The different shapes are suitable for building structures or adding details.
The kit also includes a backpack made of netting material, allowing you to clean the kit at the end of the day by simply gathering the molds together and dipping them in the sea. The net material also means you don’t need to worry about drying the molds – they will drain by themselves if you hang them in the sun for a few hours.
You can add to a basic sand castle kit, using your personal knowledge of your child’s interests. Accessories such as flags, toy furniture, or seashells from the beach add an extra dimension to the child’s playtime, and help them to stretch their imagination.
How to use sand castle kits
Using sand castle kits is extremely easy, and even the youngest children intuitively understand what to do with them. For best results, follow our guide.
First, gather some damp sand. Make sure it’s neither too wet nor too dry, otherwise the blocks may simply disintegrate upon being shaken out. Children can play with water to sand ratios to get the right texture, but if that’s too much, sometimes the sand found a few inches below the surface is often damp enough. To check, squeeze the sand in your palm. If it’s at the right level of moisture, it will stay in place, leaving imprints of your fingers in the center of your hand.
Then, press the sand into any one of the molds. Pack as much sand in as you can to the very edges of the mold, and use the palm of the hand to press it as tightly as possible and flatten the top. The better packed it is, the more stable the shape will be.
You can then place the mold upside down where you would like it to be. On blue molds, use the push-and-pull handles to deposit the sand without damaging the block.
While most of our customers use the molds for sand play at the beach, you can also use them with snow, mud, and synthetic sand.