There is no “right way” to play with sand, you can play it any way you like. When children play with sand they can dig, pour, scoop, carry, draw, make tracks, guess, count, discover things, figure things out, be creative and learn about how things happen. Sandpit play ideas (Part 2): http://goo.gl/sLhNC
If I have kids, I'm making my husband dress up like Krampus to give the kid(s) root vegetables if they've been bad. Awesome alternative "holiday" cards: The Krampus, Gryla, The Tio De Nadal, and The Yule Goat.