Home    Subscribe    Contact    Login
Share your craft ideas for a share of the ad revenue. Click on Write For Us.

Open Ended Play in the Sandbox

by Janine (follow)
Easy (862)      5 to 10s (605)      Under 5s (584)      Natural materials (52)      Sensory (39)      Nature (37)      Sand (6)      Outdoor Play (2)      Sandbox (1)      Open Ended Play (1)     
I recently finished a bigger sandbox in our backyard for my kids. I wanted to incorporate some materials in and around the sand box that would allow for more open ended play. The nature of sand itself encourages many ways to play. You can use it wet or dry, build with it, pour it, move it, feel it and more! By gathering different elements near your sandbox, you are encouraging all kinds of creative uses!



sandbox play

Time: Ongoing
Age: Under 5's, 5-10's
Level: Easy

Materials
Sandbox or sandpit
Natural elements - rocks, shells, cones, tree branches, logs, sticks
Household elements - measure cups, muffin tins, old pots, strainer, old spoons
Building elements - wood pieces, blocks, bricks

Method
Add unlikely elements to your sandbox. Kids will never tire of a bucket and shovel but these toys generally have a specific use (although some kids can think of others!)
Put cones, shells and rocks in terracotta pots by the sandbox. They can be left at the side of sandbox, easily drain and provide a place to put items when not in use.



castle


Have some sticks available for making castles or roads.



castle


Find old kitchen wares that can be used in the sandbox. Kids love to play with the "real" thing.



muffin tin2


If you are up for a bigger challenge, put logs around the edge of the sandbox. My kids have used them for stepping stones, stools, as part of a castle, or even to bake on.



castle


Categories
#Outdoor Play
#Sandbox
#Nature
#Open Ended Play
#Sand
#Under 5s
#5 to 10s
#Easy
#Sensory
#Natural Materials
I like this Article - 6
[ print friendly ]
More Articles by Janine
My son loves to draw animals and came up with the idea of putting the animals he drew on a world map...
10 likes
These art candles are fun and easy to make and make a perfect Mother's Day gift! Fingerprint flowers...
10 likes
Use inexpensive salt dough with cocoa added to create these little gingerbread men to decorate your ...
10 likes
As the holiday season approaches, our family likes to get into the spirit with an advent calendar
4 likes
Spiders are a traditional halloween decoration but also interesting craft subjects all year round! W...
5 likes
Happy, googly eye thumbprint faces decorate this colourful and fun birthday card! An easy craft for ...
6 likes
view all articles by Janine
Articles by Janine on Other Hubs
A great way to display and play with Lego, this chalkboard Lego table also helps to keep all those l...
8 likes
An easy way to create great Halloween decorations using string lights that you already have on hand...
5 likes
If you have a rock, shell or various knick-knacks collection, try this easy method to display items ...
5 likes
Display the special first day of school pictures in this cute chalkboard frame
8 likes
ID: 21483
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
A simple but tasty alternative to ice cream and fun for kids to make too
6 likes
This is a great fun party game for kids of all ages and a craft you can do in advance too
6 likes
Making lanterns for Chinese New Year is fun but often a bit tricky for really little ones
6 likes
A perfect gift to make for Mother's Day
6 likes
Children just love helping in the garden and here is the perfect way to involve them in your gardeni...
by Lucy
20 likes
Getting creative with kids doesn't always have to be messy
by Jane
17 likes
Pancakes are a lovely treat for breakfast at the weekend or for pancake day
6 likes
This paper fan is fun to make and perfect for summer time
6 likes
Super fun Pencil stand for kids! Time: 5 minutes (this can be preparation or actual activity ti...
7 likes
With just a few simple materials, you can make a little raft and try floating it at bath time
6 likes
Categories
Under 5s (584)
Any Age (400)
Over 10s (380)
Baby (12)
Links (1)
Easy (862)
Medium (240)
Hard (37)
 
Copyright 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016 On Topic Media PTY LTD. ABN 18113479226. mobile version