So, since going to the beach is not really a favourable option at the moment, we have brought the beach to the house instead. Cue the buying of Moon Sand. I have seen this advertised and was sceptical at paying 3 times the price of normal sand for what just looked like coloured sand, but actually I’m really impressed with it! It has a lovely texture and moulds really easily, retaining its shape without being as messy as normal sand. (No, I’m not getting sponsored to say this, though a few freebies wouldn’t go amiss!)
I put the sand in a dish with some spoons and the bottle top from a mouth wash which happened to look just like a miniature bucket shape. And she spooned the sand in and tipped it out to make mini-sandcastles. She was delighted! (and seems to say sandcastles with a Northern accent which is freaky!)
I found a few bamboo BBQ skewers and glued a little piece of coloured paper to them to make little flags to sit on the top.
I found some wonderful, sparkly blue wrapping paper that I had been saving for something special (I have drawers full of such stuff, thanks to a very patient hubby!) and I cut it into a wavy shape then laminated it. Then I coloured another piece of paper yellow and brown to represent sand and did the same. I laid these at the bottom of the garden tray , after first lining it with sheets of aluminium foil.
Then we tipped in the Moon Sand and went to find little play people and some other finishing touches.
We played together for quite a while, telling stories about the people who were at the beach and what they wanted to do next. This little boy just loved going in the boat while the girls on the beach sunbathed and made lots of sandcastles!
Chilling by the shoreline.
And we read her favourite seaside story from The Shirley Hughes Collection called Lucy and Tom at the Seaside. It’s such a lovely, traditional story that contains everything good and wholesome and wonder-filled that is childhood.
If you don’t own any Shirley Hughes you really should. Or borrow them from the library
You can read the book while doing yoga positions too.
The small world scene is going to stay out for playing with in the kitchen until all the sand has finally disappeared, then we will pack it up and turn it into something new. Happy days!
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