Spring sprang on the weekend (even if the weather around here as temporarily forgotten how to be warm and sunny) and as I crawled out of my cave, outside, into the sunshine for the first time in months, I realised what a dismal state our sand pit was in. Time for some spring sand pit renovations.
First things first, I pulled out the weeds that had popped up over winter and dug over the sand with my big spade. ‘Fluffy’, well dug sand is more enticing and easier for the kids to dig and use.
Next, the big kids and I had a chat about what they wanted to do in the sand pit. Buckets and spades are out at the Pickle Farm, instead there was a request for ‘stuff to make potions with’ and ‘some dinosaurs and animals’.
We had a sort through our sand pit toys and collected some goodies from inside and around the garden to add to the sand pit. We added a plank across one side of the sandpit for ‘cooking’ on. We collected up some stones and a few tree branches to make dinosaur houses on the other side.
With some tree stumps and an old cable reel next to one side of the sand pit the girl’s set up a shop to sell their various potions and concoctions. On the other side, I found some lumps of wood and some smaller stumps and made a space for the various trucks that live outside.
Our sand pit area is nothing flash. There are no fancy sand pit toys or out door equipment. It is mostly cobbled together from bits and pieces that are laying around the place. There are weeds growing up in the tan bark and we are still waiting for our shade trees to grow. We have big plans, but they are all on hold until after the renovations are done (like everything else around here) But creating a play space that interests the kids means that they LOVE to go out there and will happily spend the whole day cooking magic potions and making dinosaur houses…. and that’s the important thing!
I am back, joining with Childhood101′s We Play link up this week. Now I have two weeks of fabulous play ideas to read up on!