Add an exciting range of loose parts to the sand box to increase the creative play possibilities and stimulate some open-ended, child directed learning at the same time!
One of the most neglected areas of play space can be the humble sand box with a simple bucket and spade and sand moulds often being the only toys included. But with a few added extra play ingredients it can become the most wonderful setting for imaginative play, building, landscaping, counting, pattern making and story telling!
Here’s a checklist of a few new added extras that we introduced to expand the play possibilities this summer:
large range of buckets, tubs in different sizes:
for filling, emptying, moulding, building, construction, transporting etc
large and small spades and rakes:
for digging, patting, moulding, levelling, scoring, tunnelling, channelling etc
duplo lego blocks:
for building and constructing, pattern making, printing in damp sand, town building, counting, sorting etc
for representing people, fairies and trees in imaginative play, counting, sorting, pattern making, land art etc