The Power of Parenting

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Sand Play at the Park

Taking your baby to a local playground is a wonderful way to give him an opportunity to play and interact with others. With your support, he will begin to understand how to share and take turns. Important social skills grow through Comfort, Play & Teach™ time that you spend with your baby.


You will need:
  • Sand play toys such as buckets, shovels, plastic bowls and cups


Enjoy this more with Comfort, Play & Teach™:


  • Set limits for your baby in a way that’s gentle but firm. She may not be quite ready to share her play things, but it is still important for her to know what is and is not allowed. Praise her efforts when she does share with others, to encourage her to continue this behaviour.



  • Engage your baby in filling containers, mixing and piling the sand. As you share and take turns with the various buckets, containers and shovels, he will begin to learn the give and take that is part of being in a social group.



  • Role model sharing and taking turns with your baby. Ask another child, “May I have that bucket when you’re finished?” This will introduce your baby to words and behaviours she needs to use in order to play nicely with others.