Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books’
– (John Lubbock)
Sand and water truly delight the senses. They are open ended with no right or wrong way to play so children tailor their learning to their own personal needs. They invite participation and stretch the imagination, letting children test hypotheses to learn physical, cognitive, communication and social skills.
The outdoors is the perfect platform for sand and water play where children are free to make as much mess as they like, pushing the boundaries and really getting the most out of these rich, tactile resources. Sand and water allow children to create, destroy and recreate endless experiments building up creative development, problem solving and reasoning abilities. What looks like a mess on the surface is truly a learning experience for a child so let them get outside and make a mess!