Imaginative and outdoor play are a priority when it comes to facilitating play opportunities for my kids. Combining them together is gold.
We visited the beach a couple of weeks ago and then I created a beach scene for the kids to play with at home. It’s really so easy and cheap to set up and here is how I did it:
Underbed Storage Container (or other plastic container)
Play Sand (you can get bags from Bunnings and places like that)
Small plastic container (that fits inside the underbed storage)
Blue Food Colouring (optional)
This can be set up on the grass (that way any sand spillage is no big deal) on a patio (where I set mine up; easy to sweep) or other outdoor space.
1. Tip the play sand into the underbed storage container.
2. Put a few drops of blue food colouring into the small container and fill with water. (When only a few drops are used, it’s very diluted and doesn’t tend to stain kids hands). Regular water works well too, but I think it looks fun when it’s blue!
3. Push the sand to one side to make space for the water dish.
4. Add the plastic figurines (a few rocks work well too!)
I purchased the animal figurines from Mini Zoo. I thought it worth a quick email to see if I could get a special offer for Be A Fun Mum readers because I love facilitating this type of play and giving back. After 13 years of parenting (and going through many different toys), plastic play figurines are in my top 5 best toys for usefulness, versatility and longevity (through different ages).
I chatted to Jason and he kindly organised 10% off storewide for Be A Fun Mum readers. Mini Zoo have over 5,000 products and every type of plastic play figurines you can imagine! Free shipping is standard on domestic orders over $50. Just use the code beafunmum at checkout. The coupon code is valid until 3rd October 2014 and may be used an unlimited number of times so feel free to share the code with anyone else who would be interested. Great Christmas gift idea too!