A few days ago I was trying to cook dinner and needed to occupy Miss Genesis at the same time. She wanted to play in her kiddie pool but I could not supervise her and cook at the same time so I needed an activity that was quick to set up. I grabbed a container and dumped in some colorful play sand and a tube of sparkles. I also added in a chopstick for drawing in the sand. It made an excellent sensory play experience. When she was done drawing, I added some more sparkles and gave her some assorted tools to use in the mixture.
Later she added some different toys on her own, so we poured the mixture into a bigger container.
Because this activity was contained, it made for a very easy clean-up. If you used a container that had a lid you could just put that on and store it for later use. Ours didn’t but I just took out the toys and poured the sand into a jar. It was mess free in our case but I would recommend it only for kids old enough to not dump the sand onto your carpet, for obvious reasons.
Supplies We Used (amazon affiliate links):
- Any Container
- Scenic Play Sand
- Crafting Popsicle Sticks (so you don’t have to eat a box of popsicles to get them!)
- Alphabet Cube Beads
- Wooden Chopsticks (We use these for so many things!)
- Dyed Noodles (Will write another post about how we dyed these at some point)
- Toy Dinosaurs
Many of the items above we use over and over again in our different sensory play activities.