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Sand play for 1 year olds

  • 1.  Sand play for 1 year olds

    Posted 05-17-2017 06:03 PM
    I can't find any thing about sand play for 1 year olds in NAEYC requirements. I do know, that I can't find sand age appropriate for an inside sensory table and in the state of Oklahoma, you can not use food like noodles, beans etc., in a sensory bin. Does anybody know if 1 year olds are required to play with sand, and if so what kind of sand.

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    Laura Johnston
    Quapaw Tribe
    Quapaw OK
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  • 2.  RE: Sand play for 1 year olds

    Posted 05-18-2017 08:05 AM
    I know there are a few companies that make sand without silica or small pebbles (which are typically found in hardware store "play sand.")  These include Sandtastik and SafeSand.  Kinetic sand is also a great option for indoor sand tables, as it molds well, and wipes off much easier.  All of these would be more expensive than regular play sand, but if you're just using them for an indoor sensory table, it might be worth it.

    I looked through the OKDFS guidelines and didn't see anything about food in sensory tables, but I'm not familiar with Oklahoma guidelines, so that may not mean much. :)

    My understanding is that NAEYC requires providing varying sensory opportunities for children - not that sand, specifically, is a requirement.

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    Lydia M. Bowers
    NAEYC Affiliate Advisory Council
    Cincinnati, Ohio
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  • 3.  RE: Sand play for 1 year olds

    Posted 05-18-2017 09:28 AM
    The molding sand or kinetic sands are not age appropriate for 1 year olds. The age range is 18 months and up. Just trying to find some answers for my dilemma! Thank you for answering!

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    Laura Johnston
    Quapaw Tribe
    Quapaw OK
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  • 4.  RE: Sand play for 1 year olds

    Posted 05-18-2017 10:25 AM

    I am unfamiliar with Oklahoma's policies, but here are a few sensory ideas, if they work for you:

    • Unflavored Gelatin (made ahead of time in jiggler style)
    • Playdough made with coarse salt instead of fine salt
    • Sand Paper and Felt Pieces
    • OObleck (cornstarch and water)
    • Toddler Snow (2 cups flour and 1/4 cup canola oil)
    • Shredded Paper
    • Large Beads 
    • Ball Pit Balls
    • Safe Mud (cocoa powder and water)
    • Large Pom-Poms
    • Leaves (dry ones are great to crinkle and break)
    • Large Rocks with wet paint brushes or sponges



  • 5.  RE: Sand play for 1 year olds

    Posted 05-18-2017 11:31 AM
    Could anybody show me the NAEYC guidelines for 1 year old sand play? I am hearing different rules.  Also the guidelines on using food, ie. flour, cornstarch, coffee grinds.

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    Laura Johnston
    Quapaw Tribe
    Quapaw OK
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  • 6.  RE: Sand play for 1 year olds

    Posted 05-25-2017 09:58 AM

    NAEYC has a couple of resources regarding sand play. NAEYC Accreditation Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria includes criteria regarding the use of sand as sensory material and the use of sandboxes in early childhood programs. NAEYC Accreditation Criteria includes sand play covering all age categories. However, there are also Accreditation Criteria about taking health and safety precautions with materials and within the learning environment (not inclusive)
     
      *  NAEYC Accreditation Criterion 2.A.08(e) & Criterion 5.A.06(c) (health & safety with materials)
      *  NAEYC Criterion 3.A.02 & Criterion 10.B.08 (health & safety in the environment)
      *  NAEYC Accreditation Critierion 9.A.04 (sand as sensory material)
      *  NAEYC Accreditation Criterion 9.B.05 (sandboxes)
    Below are two NAEYC resources on sand play (not inclusive)
      *  Teaching Young Children, Vol 3 No 1 (This October/November 2009 issue features articles on advocacy, sand play, stress busters, and preschool oral language development.)
      *  Young Children, Vol 67 No 4 ("Let's Get Messy! Exploring Sensory and Art Activities with Infants and Toddlers").

    I hope this is helpful.

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    Kristen Johnson
    NAEYC Accreditation of Early Learning Programs
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  • 7.  RE: Sand play for 1 year olds

    Posted 05-29-2017 04:32 PM
    Thank you, Kristen!  I had tried to look through old Accreditation standards, but was hoping you'd chime in with the info! :D

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    Lydia M. Bowers
    NAEYC Affiliate Advisory Council
    Cincinnati, Ohio
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  • 8.  RE: Sand play for 1 year olds

    Posted 05-22-2017 11:36 AM
    I am looking for the NAEYC requirements/rules on 1 year old sand play and what alternatives can be used if sand is not age appropriate.

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    Laura Johnston
    Quapaw Tribe
    Quapaw OK
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  • 9.  RE: Sand play for 1 year olds

    Posted 05-25-2017 10:42 AM
    There's no alternative to sand. Question authority and keep the sand IF NAEYC declares sand it too dangerous. Ridiculous!

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    Mary Russell
    Journeys Out Yonder
    Boulder CO
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  • 10.  RE: Sand play for 1 year olds

    Posted 05-26-2017 06:51 AM
    NAEYC does not say that sand is too dangerous, no worries! :)

    In fact, NAEYC does not have specific rules on sand - just that sensory play should be provided.

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    Lydia M. Bowers
    NAEYC Affiliate Advisory Council
    Cincinnati, Ohio
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  • 11.  RE: Sand play for 1 year olds

    Posted 05-26-2017 08:38 AM
    Thank you for replying to my question on sand play for 1 year olds, it is appreciated!

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    Laura Johnston
    Quapaw Tribe
    Quapaw OK
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