Sensory sandpit with natural elements
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Operation: Create an outdoor play wonderland - Phase 1
We live in a small 2 bed unit, which has a narrow border of concrete along 2 sides. It also has a small section of garden adjacent to the front door/living room. Determined to make the most of it, I have made it my mission to try to create a useable, inviting, more natural kids' play space out of this limited slice of private outdoor space. Inspired by a friend's gorgeous sandpit, with some wonderfully interesting natural sponges found at the beach...
Phase 1: The 'shell' sandpit
- all plastic sand toys (shovels, buckets, shapes...) were bundled up into a little, kids' sized wheelie bin for safe keeping, for another time... But all still perfectly accessible by Master B if required! For now, sensory exploration of a broader range of textures other than plastic feels like the right way to go;
- our trips to the park, beach and even down the street have become opportunities to gather interesting, natural items (rocks, stones, shells, tree bark, sticks, leaves, flowers, gum nuts, ... );
- herbs picked from our pot plants were collected;
- shoes and socks removed and hey presto! ... Time to play!!!
I love that even though the sandpit is small, an even smaller container would be just as engaging. This 2 year old was so curious about exploring all the special little natural pieces, and loved touching, scrunching and moving them about...
The lovely thing about collecting these natural elements for the sandpit, is that one day they may be dancing about in clear view, and the next, they may be 'hidden' in amongst the sand, like camouflaged treasures, ready to be discovered again!
It's so simple! So get out there, and start collecting...
... and decorating, and planting...
* trucks & diggers
* pots, pans & tea set
* buttons & bottle tops
* animal figurines
What other interesting ideas have others come across for home sandpits for toddlers?
If you enjoyed this post, you may be interested in the other Kids Play Space posts documenting the transformation of our mini concrete jungle into a more natural play wonderland for our 2 year old to enjoy:
Phase 4 - Follow the Fenceline Brick Road