Play sand is available from toy shops and craft shops, and it’s a great texture for babies and toddlers to touch and feel. Put it in a tray, and you can have your very own beach holiday.

What you need

Play sand

A deep tray or plastic box

Bucket or plastic cups


Lifting, digging and building all help to develop strength and hand eye coordination

Develops imagination

Increases confidence and helps to discover cause and effect

And don’t forget, the everyday things you do together make a big difference and can help your child to grow up healthier and happier.

How long will it take?

1 hr

What to do

  1. A tray of sand is a world of fun. Try adding a bit of water so that their little fingers can feel the difference between wet and dry sand.
  2. Make a sandcastle, let the sand fall from the sky, or just dig in – now all that’s missing is an ice cream!

    child playing with spade and sand