I enjoy creating small world play scenes for my kids. They are surprisingly easy to set up (read this handy post by Kate at Picklebums for tips). Another great thing about this sort of play is you can set it up and it sparks the children’s imagination and I find they tend to play for hours; great for the weekend and holidays. You can find previous play trays we have done here: Imaginative Play Scenes.
My son loves the sand pit at school, and we don’t have one at home, however, from time to time I’ll buy sand and use it in a large underbed container for play (like this Desert Island Scene). This time, we decided on a construction theme.
Underbed storage container (this is great because it comes with a lid which is handy for storage and keeps the sand clean when the box is not in use)
Play Sand (I used a 10kg bag – it was under $8 at Bunnings)
Set up is as simple as dumping the sand into the container, adding a few rocks and the vehicles. Boom!
We added paver roads to the play too, and you can read more about it here: Imaginative Play – Paver Roads.