Did you know there are sand play benefits when your kids get dirty in the sandbox? Not only is it fun, but sand play activities are good for them too! Check out this awesome sand play dinosaur game your kids will love.
Let your kids get messy with this super fun dinosaur game in the sand!
Not that your kids need an excuse at all to play in the sand but sometimes I like to nerd out about what playing really does for kids. So I did a little research (nerd out – told you) and found out the sand play benefits for kids and it’s pretty impressive!
I will share those benefits of sand play below and well as a super fun dinosaur game sand play activity for preschoolers, toddlers, and beyond!
Sand Play Benefits
What exactly are the benefits of playing in sand?
Well, there are a bunch!
- Kids get to experience open play and a chance to be creative
- Using their imagination
- Helps children learn how the world works
- Experience joy in freedom of play
- Promotes physical development as kids scoop, pour, rake, dig, sift
- Develops hand-eye coordination
- If other kids are there too, sand play promotes social skills as they learn to share, compromise and negotiate
- Math measuring skills can be developed by providing different sized measuring cups and spoons
- Can help develop counting skills, how many scoops of sand does it take to fill a bucket
- Kids can learn to/practice writing their name in the sand
- Helps children develop science concepts (for example, what happens when water is added to sand)
Check out this post if you’re curious about sensory play benefits in general (+ it gives a great indoor sensory play idea!)
Now that the nerdy part is out of the way, let’s get into the sand play activity!
This dinosaur game is so simple to set up but guaranteed that your kids will love it. It would be great for a summer day hanging out in the backyard or an activity for a kids’ summer birthday party.
My daughter is 3 years old so she’s in that really fun place where her imagination is huge and magic is real. I bought a bag of cute and colorful dinosaurs and buried them in the sand before I brought her outside.
The dinosaur toys were spaced out under the sand and I provided her with a bunch of digging tools, rakes, shovels and scoops. I told her we were going to do a dinosaur dig, and said that there were dinosaurs in her sandbox that we had to find. She was so excited!
She got to work and dug away.
Aaaaand, that leads me to this tip:
Depending on the age of your kids, don’t bury them too deep! I thought I was making it too easy because I buried the dinosaurs fairly close to the surface of the sand. But it took forever to dig up the first one. The look on her face was so priceless – like “wow, I had no idea these dinosaurs were hanging out in my sandbox this whole time!”
If you have young kids you might want to try the surprise element too – it’s pretty fun seeing their reactions!
Essentials For Sand Play Activities For Preschoolers, Toddlers, and Beyond
1. A sandbox!
Lol This one is pretty essential for sand play.
This sandbox is a great basic one for the backyard. It’s a good size and includes a waterproof tarp to keep the sand clean and dry! Well dry at least because who knows what your kids will put in there while they’re playing.
It’s made in the USA and is BPA-free so it’s safe for the kiddos.
The photo shows toddlers playing with it but if you read the reviews on this sand table people who have this table say it’s great for 4-6 year olds too. So you could get lots of years of use out of this sandbox.
Some people have used it as a water table and said it’s works great as that.
It’s also VERY reasonably priced.
A unique sandbox option is this sandbox/water table/bench combo. One side is for the sand, the other for water, and when not being used as either it can be folded into a cute outdoor bench for the kids.
There are tons of options out there for pail and shovel sets but I am partial to this sand toy set keeping with the dinosaur game theme.
It comes with shovels, scoops, rakes, and a bucket, fun shapes to fill, but my favorite part is the dinosaur claws for scooping sand.
In this case for the dinosaur game – you will need dinosaurs! A big bag of little plastic dinosaurs in all types and colors (because we know that Tyrannosaurus Rex was likely fushia).
This dinosaur set comes with 72 small plastic dinosaurs – 2.5” which is a great size for hiding in the sand. This size is recommended for ages 3+ so if you have littler kids you might want to get this dinosaur set instead.
Enjoy your summer! xo
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Have you seen sand play benefits in your kids? Do you have any sand play activities you like to do with your kiddos?