One activity I have had on my motivation list to prepare for the boys was creating an indoor sand box. I thought they were ready to be more careful with activities, to follow directions and really have interest in sitting still and working on a detailed task and so I was ready to give this one a try.
I bought two tupperware tubs at Target with a solid snapping closure lid. They’re big enough to have room to dig and scoop but shallow enough to use on the table top without having to bend over the side.
I used cornmeal and coffee grounds for the sand. This combo is a softer medium than sand, it won’t scratch our hard wood and if they do get some in their mouths it won’t hurt them.
As I predicted Miles was WAY into this activity. He began working right away with several of his little construction vehicles. Scooping, digging and dumping.
I also put in little spoons and utensils from around the house to use as extra tools for sifting, funneling and scooping.
More of the action.
Graham takes a little more reminding to follow the rule of keeping the sand in the box. If sand is dumped out of the box, we put it away to try again the next day. But Graham does pretty good as well.
He has a shorter attention span for the task but still enjoys experimenting with the different ways to play with the “sand”.
It’s great to set the boys up with the task and be able to work in the kitchen on dishes or dinner while the boys are busy working away on the table. I give this task two thumbs up!