She and I were chatting, and she pulled out this little home made sandbox for Mr. K to play with while the older boys were playing together. All it consisted of was a rubbermaid container, sand and a bunch of little trinkets (rocks, shells, army men, little cars etc) there were some leaves and other tiny items in it also.
This sand box (or sensory bin) kept Mr. K busy for a very long time, and I knew I needed to make one.
We headed to walmart to pick up a bin and sand. Check out our final product below!
What you need:
Plastic storage bin of desired size (something not too deep)
Sand (enough for at least a 3 inch layer, but more if you like)
Trinkets for them to play with
Plastic tablecloth to lay underneath the play area
How to put it together:
Place your bin in desired area, and then remove lid
Get your sand ready:
Pour sand into bin and add your trinkets (sensory items)
Let them have fun:
This kept Mr. K busy for an hour; then we went to pick up Mr. J from the school bus and they BOTH played with it for another hour. I managed to get the main floor tidied up a bit, and dinner made all while they were busy playing together!
I think it will be a great activity for a rainy day - if it is warm, we could move it to the garage. I do think I will need to get another one though, as it's not QUITE big enough for them to play together, and there were some squabbles.
Some of the items I placed inside were: plastic easter eggs left from our egg hunt, little cars, an old measuring cup, a sand shovel and some other plastic pieces left around that don't belong to anything!