Monday, 27 June 2011

Homemade Sandpit

In the autumn our local sure start centre had a new sand box, it was so lovely that I thought it would be good to get one similar, anyway I couldn't find one for a reasonable price so I asked my husband if he could make one for our eldest daughter's birthday the following year, anyway he came up trumps!  (First woodwork project since school, I think) The box is made from B&Q bargain bin offcuts for the frame and then my Dad had some spare decking planks that form the sides and base and lid (although we had to buy a few extras as we didn't have enough for the lid). We also had to buy the rubber feet to lift it off the ground.

I think my favourite bit is the lid which has roller wheels on the feet at one end and stoppers on the other, so that you can slide it off easily by just lifting the other end, by also that the lid makes a lovely stable table for doing other activities on.  The lid still needs a perspex sheet fixed to the underside of the lid to make it more waterproof, but as it's summer at the moment the lid keeps off enough of the rain, but it will need sorting before the winter.

Our eldest daughter's (big sis) favourite game at the moment is to have the lid a bit back over the sand pit so she can have a pizza oven underneath!

Create with your hands

Welcome to my new blog.  I'll start by telling a little bit about how this came about.  Over a year ago my sister in law recommended a blog for exploring creative activities with preschoolers.  We had recently moved 300 miles to a new area with a 2 year old and a new baby arriving 5 weeks after moving.  Not knowing anyone local with toddlers and with all the preschool activities having stopped for the summer holidays, it was with great relief I found this blog a source of all kinds of activities to fill our time.  Since then I have been well and truly inspired by Anna's ideas and activities at The Imagination Tree and we've had some fantastic times doing many of her ideas (thank you!).

Whilst I don't possess any expertise in preschool education or learning and I'm not particularly creative (I am more of a blagger than a blogger) I have so valued the network of ideas that people share through their blogs, enabling me to tap into a rich and varied resource I simply wouldn't otherwise have access to.

Seeing such wonderful and creative ideas shared on blogs has challenged me to think about what we do as a family to create beautiful things with our hands.  Our two daughters teach us so much about the joy of using our hands to create simply for the joy of creating, often I think it's them that's teaching us not the otherway round.  I hope that by sharing some of our experiences more people may be inspired to get creating.
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