Sand Play Equipment

Sand Play Equipment

This helps children get creative and learn a whole host of different important and useful imagination skills

Sand Discovery Pit

Sand Discovery Pit

This is designed to help children learn more about textures and solids whilst improving them both mentally and physically

Development Equipment

Development Equipment

Every piece of equipment in a playground must one way or another help develop a child either physically or mentally

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Sand Play Equipment

We are able to supply sand play equipment for use in schools and nurseries. This includes fun toys and equipment along with a sand box which is perfect for many activities.

This feature can help develop a child's sensory touch and help with both their mental and physical development throughout life.

There are a large number of different equipment designs and products that are designed to help improve the overall development and progression of children in schools and nurseries.

It's vital that children have an area outside of the classroom where they can not only have a good time and relax but also keep their minds in gear, ensuring that they are still engaged when they get back into the classroom.

A good playground should be able to do this, and to be able to get your play area to the point where it offers both of these properties requires a vast array of different playground equipment.

An example of an ideal item is a sand ideas box as it helps to encourage creativity and physical development.

To learn more about the different products and services we have on offer please use the enquiry form. We can help talk you through the different designs and specifications available to you and how we can alter them to fit within your budget.

Types of Sand Play Equipment

There are various types of sand play equipment designed to enhance children's sensory experiences and promote their physical and cognitive development. Here are some common types of sand play equipment:

  • Sand Tables: Sand tables are elevated tables with shallow containers on top. They provide a contained space for sand play, allowing children to stand or sit comfortably while engaging with the sand. Some sand tables come with lids to cover the sand when not in use.
  • Sandbox: A sandbox is an outdoor play area filled with sand. It can be a simple square or rectangular box made of wood or plastic, or it can be more elaborate, incorporating benches, covers, and built-in toys. Sandboxes can be small for residential use or large for public playgrounds.
  • Sand and Water Play Combos: Some play equipment combines both sand and water play areas. These units often have compartments for both sand and water, allowing children to explore the different sensory experiences of wet and dry play.
  • Sand Diggers: Sand diggers are mechanical devices that allow children to scoop and move sand using levers and handles. These are often found in public playgrounds and provide a unique interactive experience.
  • Sand Moulds: Sand moulds come in various shapes and sizes, such as castles, animals, letters, and numbers. Children can use these moulds to create specific shapes in the sand, enhancing their creativity and fine motor skills.
  • Sand Scoops and Shovels: These are basic hand tools that allow children to dig, scoop, and pour sand. They come in different sizes and shapes and are essential for various sand play activities.
  • Sand Rakes: Sand rakes have multiple prongs and are used to create patterns, draw designs, or even the surface of the sand. They help develop fine motor skills and creativity.
  • Sand Sieves: Sand sieves or sifters have a mesh bottom and are used to separate fine sand from larger particles. Children can explore the concept of filtering and observe how different-sized grains pass through the sieve.
  • Sand Rollers: Sand rollers have textured surfaces and handles, allowing children to roll them over the sand to create patterns or impressions. They enhance sensory exploration and creative expression.
  • Sand Trucks and Excavators: These are toy vehicles designed for sand play. Children can fill the trucks with sand, transport it to different locations, and unload it, promoting imaginative and role-playing activities.
  • Sand Play Tables: Sand play tables are low tables with shallow sand-filled trays. They often come with lids, allowing for easy storage and keeping the sand clean between play sessions.
  • Sandpit Covers: For larger sand play areas, covers are essential to keep the sand clean and safe from debris, animals, or weather elements when not in use.

When choosing sand play equipment, it's important to consider the age of the children, the available space, and the level of supervision required. Different types of equipment offer diverse play experiences, catering to various aspects of a child's development.

Costs of Sand Play Equipment

The average cost of sand play equipment is £150 - £500.

The cost of outdoor sand play equipment varies based on the type of equipment, type of design, its size and quantity of play equipment.

If you would like a quote for sandboxes and sand play accessories, please get in touch and we will be happy to provide you with some costs for these products.

What are the Benefits of Sand Sensory Play?

Engaging in sand sensory play offers numerous benefits for children's development. Here are some of the key advantages:

  • Sensory Stimulation: Sand play stimulates the sense of touch and allows children to experience different textures. The varying sensations of wet and dry sand enhance sensory perception.
  • Fine Motor Skills: Scooping, pouring, sifting, and digging in the sand help develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. These activities require precise movements, helping children refine their motor skills.
  • Creativity and Imagination: Sand provides an open-ended medium for creative play. Children can build structures, create imaginary worlds, and tell stories, fostering creativity and imagination.
  • Social Skills: Sand play often happens in groups, encouraging social interaction and cooperation. Children can work together to build structures or role-play, enhancing their communication and social skills.
  • Cognitive Development: Sand play involves problem-solving as children figure out how to build stable structures or dig moats. It also introduces concepts like volume, weight, and gravity in a hands-on manner.
  • Emotional Development: Sand play can be soothing and calming. It provides an outlet for emotional expression and can help children relax and manage stress or anxiety.
  • Language Development: Through collaborative play, children discuss ideas, negotiate roles, and share experiences. This verbal interaction supports language development and vocabulary expansion.
  • Scientific Exploration: Children can explore scientific concepts like cause and effect, sink and float, and erosion through sand play. These experiences lay the foundation for understanding basic scientific principles.
  • Confidence Building: Accomplishing tasks, whether it's building a sandcastle or digging a hole, boosts a child's confidence and self-esteem. Mastering new skills in a fun environment enhances their sense of achievement.
  • Appreciation for Nature: Playing with natural materials like sand fosters an early appreciation for the natural world. Children learn about the properties of sand and gain awareness of the environment around them.
  • Promotes Sensory Integration: For children with sensory processing issues, engaging with different textures like sand can help with sensory integration, improving their tolerance for various tactile experiences.

Child Growth and Development

You must bear in mind a range of different aspects when selecting an outdoor play apparatus provider.

Using diverse appliances may help increase a child's growth both physically and mentally because of active play. Making use of all of these different equipment may boost thinking abilities within young people which means that it is necessary to plan these equipment thoroughly.

To find out more about how the sand toys can help the growth and development of a child, please fill in the contact form provided and one of our team will get back to you shortly and answer any questions you may have. 

Creative Playground Sandpit

You could choose to have a creative playground sandpit for your outdoor area so pupils can make up their own fun games.

The discovery sand box offers a world of possibilities for the children to learn with as there is no set way of using the equipment.

This helps to improve physical abilities such as sculpting and the sensory benefit of feeling a material that is different in texture than most.

It can also help improve muscles in the child as the movement of sand can work parts of the body that wouldn't typically be used.

Sand play also greatly improves creativity and imagination. Kids can enjoy playing role play games and use the sandpit as a prop or as an imaginary environment.

There are so many ways to use the sand play equipment and it has many benefits for children of all different ages including EYFS and primary level.

OFSTED will sometimes suggest that schools have interactive items like this in the playground as it helps with developing many physical and mental skills.

School Sand Box Prices

When it comes to choosing the right products, the school sand box prices can vary depending on what you would like.

The pits come in a variety of sizes and shapes with different toys and extra items included. It is totally up to you which product you decide to have, but we would be happy to advise you on the range of designs that are available.

Just let us know if you have a particular budget to stick to and we'll advise on some products which would be best for your school or nursery.

There are many sandpit EYFS activities which can be beneficial for young children, in addition to games for KS1 and KS2 pupils to enjoy.

These versatile products are useful for sensory play where kids can learn about different textures and now natural materials move and work.

Additional toys such as buckets, spades, diggers and plastic shapes can be supplied as well to help you make full use of these boxes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does Playing with Sand Help a Child's Development?

Playing with sand can significantly contribute to a child's overall development in various ways:

  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Creativity and Imagination
  • Sensory Stimulation
  • Social Skills
  • Speech Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Emotional Development
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Confidence
  • Educational

What do you need for Sand Play?

To engage in sand play, here are the basic items you'll need for a fun and educational sand play experience:

  • Sand
  • Sandbox
  • Tools
  • Water
  • Natural Elements
  • Measuring Tools
  • Containers and Moulds

Get in Contact

If you wish to receive more information regarding sand play equipment that we provide to schools, nurseries and other facilities, then please fill in the contact form provided.

Our expert team at School Playground Equipment can offer you any help and advice which you may require and can answer any questions you may have. Or if you would like to know how adjusting the specifications and designs can help reduce the overall costs of your playground then please feel free to use the enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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