Hello! Welcome to day 24 – we’re discussing sand today. We’re big fans of sand in this home!
We love sand – on mirrors, on the light table, in the play kitchen, for writing in, in small world play, and much more!
Being lucky enough to live close enough to the beach to enjoy lots of gorgeous Australian sand means that some of our favourite sand experiences and play come naturally.
Sand, like playdough and clay, is incredibly versatile and therefore a lovely element to play scenes and exploration. Generally we stick to simple sand but every so often we will make coloured sand and/or add glitter.
We loved using DIY moon sand in a space sensory tub once. The “DIY Moon Sand” we made used 4 cups of sand, 2 cups of corn flour (cornstarch) and a cup of water. It did dry out over night but restored by mixing water back in. I’m yet to try the moon sand recipe on Pinterest that uses flour and baby oil.
A newly found love of ours (yes, ours, I love playing with it too!) is kinetic sand (here in the US) which is an incredible play material which moves so differently to normal sand. It is a very unique sensory experience. My littlies love it and I love that it cleans up much easier than normal sand.
Given that my hubby is a plumber and handyman, we have pipes and wood offcuts for play in our sandpit.
Adding funnels, muffin tins, sieves and of course loose parts to the sandpit provides endless play.
How do your children play with sand?
Also, just for inspiration sake, if you haven’t yet seen Kseniya Simonova (the sand animation artist), watch this!
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