We have a rather large sandbox in our backyard. When it was first built, it took a HUGE dump truck to deliver 19 tons of sand to fill it. (I'm quite certain that we no longer have 19 tons in the sand box, because I have to have vacuumed at least one ton of it up as it has migrated inside ;0.)
It is very tricky to build a sandbox on a hill. Our entire play yard is on a slope, and is at quite a steep angle in some areas. When we get a lot of rain (or melting snow) it causes our sand to pile up at the back edge of the sandbox. We could of course let it build up there and it will slowly slide through the cracks in our fence and end up in the parking lot below. I'm not so certain that the store located there would appreciate it all that much though.
So, our mission over the past couple of days has been to remove all of the play equipment (slides and climbers) and to move the sand to even out our sandbox again.
The shovels weren't really cutting it, so we decided to see how well our "Yooper Scoopers" would work on the sand. Unfortunately, they are made to move snow and when it comes to moving sand, they were a little too heavy. So, we went back to using our shovels and toy dump trucks.
You know, you can't move this much sand and not make a mountain......
And.... you can't have a mountain without some dinosaurs.......
And.... where there are dinosaurs, there has to be a volcano!
And.... you never know when that volcano may start to erupt....
Of course, once the volcano erupted and the dinosaurs were put away, we had to crush the mountain.
The next morning, some of our other friends arrived to find an "empty" sandbox. "Where did the slide go?" What were we going to do? What could we play with?
"Look, that looks a little bit like a mountain!"
"Let's build it bigger!"
"I wonder if I can scoop the sand?"
"Let's pat the sand down."
"Hey, do you think it is big enough?"
"Let's build another one!"
"Can I take my shoes off?" "Oh, that feels COLD!"
"Let's make (snow) sand angels!"
"I can climb the mountain!!! Stomp, stomp, stomp!"
One of our friends from last night arrived, and of course, it was time to erupt another volcano!
And... to climb and crush the mountain....
Or.... belly slide down?
Jump, Stomp, Squish!
"Look at all the footprints!"
Circle Up.... Hmmm.. What Could We Do Next?
Last week, a colleague of mine asked, "What does a child-led, play based program look like for infants and toddlers?" For man...
Welcome to this week's edition of What Would You Do With It? Wednesday. This week's item(s) are paper tubes. You most often find th...
We usually make our moon sand with cornstarch , sand, and baby oil. However a blog reader commented that when they make their moon s...
How may times have you heard, "Ms. (fill your name in here), this marker doesn't work!" I know I hear it all the time. S...
Fairy Dust Teaching shared a great post on making moon sand the other day , and I realized that we had not made any of ours in a long t...