Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Yesterday we relocated the sandbox and filled it with fresh sand. It was on my to do list for an embarrassingly long time. I'm so grateful for the strong back of my son who carried and dumped the 50lb. bags. I figured it was now or never, as the baby in the house might not be interested for much longer. I'm so pleased she still loves it! We felt like we were on a tropical island all afternoon. I know those walnut trees look nothing like palm trees, but imagination is a beautiful thing...
We love sand so much! It creates such a rich learning environment for young children and provides open-ended, unstructured and unlimited possibilities for learning through play. If you have any space at all in your yard, a sandbox is worth making. It takes very little skill to make a very functional one. My husband made this one years ago with 6 untreated 2x8's, a drill and some sandpaper. It's seen a lot of weather and still going strong! The two top pieces add bracing and structure while making a nice spot for grown-up seating or a counter for working.
We've always loved turning clementine crates into little stove tops for sand cakes. Yesterday my daughter flipped over the crate and focused on the little holes at the bottom. She poured,poked and arranged flowers and sticks for an incredibly long time.
Just another reminder of how much satisfaction is found in simplicity.