From infancy to adulthood, people enjoy sand and water. Young children like to play with sand and water and find such play satisfying.
Puddles, spray bottles, garden sprinklers, and backyard wading pools bring back gleeful memories of childhood. It is simply fun to play in water.
Mud is an art medium, one that we can mold, dry, and decorate. Unlike many other media, mud permits us to make mistakes.
The beauty of sand is one of the few manipulatives that truly allows children to explore their imaginations.
Traditionally the sand area has provided opportunities for manipulation, construction, and discovery as children experiment with pouring, digging, and mixing sand with water.