The Science of Sand and Water


  • Cris Lozona
  • Jennifer Hardison


play, STEM, inquiry, sand and water, cross cutting concepts, NGSS


Sand and water play provides learning opportunities for young children to experiment with big concepts and fosters scientific inquiry. In using sand and water as a resource for learning, teachers observe preschoolers change and develop in their understanding of physical properties of the materials and see the child’s growing sophistication in understanding how the changes the children make affects the outcome of the play. In this article, teachers observe and scaffold children’s learning in the sand and water area based on cross cutting concepts from the Next Generation Science Standards and engage children in conversations that incorporate all disciplines.