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Imaginative Play: Sand & Sea

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:

Beach play

Materials

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)

Animal Figurines

Blue Food Colouring (optional)

Imaginative Play: Sand & Sea Animals

Animal figurines - Fraser Coast

Set up

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!)

Imaginative Play: Sand & Sea Animals

Boats are great in the mix. The kids used a Lego boat; milk bottle lid boats or plastic bowl boats are great too!

Imaginative Play - sand and sea

Imaginative Play Scene - sand and sea

play figurines - turtle

I purchased the animal figurines from Mini Zoo.

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Kate
    September 28, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Kelly this looks so inviting I want to play too! Such a cute idea that would no doubt bring great joy.

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    Nichole {youclevermonkey}
    September 28, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    My kids love this sort of play and our collection of animals has been worth every cent! Mini Zoo have such a great range I might have to do some early Christmas shopping πŸ™‚

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    Kate @ Laughing Kids Learn
    September 29, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I love how simple this is to set up and I know my little girl would spend hours playing with it.

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    Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky
    September 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I love simply play ideas, this rocks πŸ™‚ I love how you tied it to recent real life experience too.

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    Chelsea
    September 29, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    What a gorgeous invitation to play – love it. Those figurines are just adorable. I love the ones that look so realistic.

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