After sharing the truth about our backyard I have been motivated to start transforming it into the garden we dream it can be. We decided to start with the digging area.
As you might remember from my last post about the yard, we didn’t really want a sandbox as such. Instead we opted to dig out an area which was already bordered on one side by rocks, and add rocks to the other sides. We found a triangular shaped shade cloth for under $20 from our local hardware store which is perfect for a cover, so our sandpit is roughly triangular! Two of the corners of the shade cloth are hammered into the ground with tent pegs, and one corner is easily unlooped. It works perfectly.
The sandpit still isn’t quite finished. You can see edges of weed mat peeking out and it needs more plants around it, but you get the idea. And although I’d like it to be a little more aesthetically pleasing, it doesn’t make any difference to the kids who are just LOVING sand play.
- digging holes
- digging tunnels
- making roads
- making sand castles
- drawing with sticks in the sand
- burying objects
- “finding” buried objects
- hiding their feet
- tasting it (my son needed to try it just once!)
Do your children have a sandpit, sandbox or digging area at home? What are their favourite things to do in the sand? And do you get in and play with them?!
We Play… in sand!
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