We’ve been playing with sand a lot lately and it’s been really enjoyable to watch how the girls interact with it. Sitting outside is always a must when there is sand involved (trust me!)
We took out our place mats, grabbed some of our coloured sand and created three fun ways to play. Sometimes the easiest activities are the most enjoyable to watch. We only used these items:
- Cookie cutters
- A jug (or container with a lip)
- A paintbrush
- Sand (you can mix it up with some easy-to-make coloured sand)
- A place mat (to help keep the sand in one place and to help put it back into a container when play has finished)
1. Use sand to colour in
Make an outline of an animal and colour it in using different sand colours.
2. Shape cutting sand
Don’t just use cookie cutters for making biscuits, they can be used to make cool little outlines in the sand too. We pressed them into the sand to get some lovely butterfly shapes.
3. Sand Painting
Get out your paintbrush and paint using the sand. You can make all sorts of lovely pictures. Try to create shading using the sand, the less sand the darker it is. Try sharp lines, flowing lines and even dots. Who knew sand could be so versatile!?
I love activities that take only 10 minutes to prepare. It was so simple to leave all the items out and watch the girls touch and play with the sand and experiment with a range of tools that’s I’d prepared.