My husband doesn’t have much work at the moment. It’s so lovely to have him around home and the kids are really enjoying spending more time with him (if only the financial stress wasn’t an issue!)
He has been spending his time ticking things off his ever-expanding To Do List. One of which was to make this 2m x 2m sandpit for Cameron and Lucy. Oh, you wouldn’t believe how much they enjoy it! I can hardly get them to do anything else!
One bonus of the project is that he got too much sand. So I have been on the lookout for some engaging and playful ways to use sand!
1. Sand Foam from Creative Play House. This looks like an exciting sensory experience!
2. Coloured Sand Creations from Play at Home Mom LLC. This looks like the kind of activity that would engage Cam and Lucy for a looong time.
3. DIY Magnetic Sand Box from Play at Home Mom LLC. I’ll be on the look out for a cheap shadow box for this! I have everything else.
4. Sand Dough with Shells from Mrs McLennan. What I love about this is that it’s literally just DIY play dough with a cup of sand added. It’s open ended and natural.
5. Quicksand Sensory Play by Growing a Jeweled Rose. Anything with corn flour (starch) is a winner. I like the idea of making this a messy play sensory experience!
6. Magic Sand Play Recipe by Growing a Jeweled Rose. A twist on the classic vinegar and baking soda experiment. Love that there is a bit of science mixed in with this play.
7. Beach Sensory Play Dough at Counting Coconuts. This would be fun for small world play. Add some beach animal miniatures and I think Cameron would really enjoy this.
8. Open-Ended Sand Tray by Play at Home Mom LLC. I love everything Play at Home Mom does. This is a really beautiful set up.
9. Coloured Chalk Sand Art at Home Learning From Birth. I like that the kids can be involved with the preparation (grating the chalk, mixing with the sand, etc) for this art activity and it has so many potential possibilities.
10. Sand and Glue Drawings at Make and Takes. This is one of the first things I thought of doing when I realised we had an excess of sand! Lots of fun as well as skill development.
11. Mirrors, Sand & Symmetry from Play at Home Mom LLC. This could be extended to the art work too.
12. Montessori Sand Tray by Education of Ours. This is another no brainer for me. What I love about this one in particular is the glitter and how clever is it that the lid holds the sandpaper letter?
13. Sand Mandalas.
14. Salt Art from Buggy & Buddy. I think this salt art could be adapted for sand play. I love the idea of putting it in bottles. See the full post, it’s very inspiring!
15. Mouldable Play Sand at Creative Play House.
16. Sand on Light Table.
I bet you found a few ideas you’re keen to try? I know I did!
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