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::: sand play in a drawer

When we visited Kurburoo Kindergarten, Ellie V Pullen Preschool and Kallista Kindergartens this year, we noticed that they had their inside sand play in old drawers.



'Ellie V.'

What a great idea! The perfect size for moving around and fitting into corners or on tables.

We decided to have a go with our children as we coincidently had a few spare drawers we found under the house (as you do!).

Because the weather was so amazing we took our drawers outside. We set them up near the small sandpit so the children could add as much or as little sand as they wanted.

They gathered up a pile of props – pine cones, bark, logs and rocks from the open shelving …

 as well as an assortment of characters and vehicles.

It wasn’t long before they raided the garden for flowers, leaves …

and large rocks.

What we really loved about the drawers was …

they are so much deeper than the regular trays we’ve been using …

as well as much larger.

Finding a couple of old drawers meant we could provide the smallest of our children with their own play area …

alongside the bigger children.

This not only meant the bigger children’s imaginative play was free to take off without the smaller children ‘crashing the party’ …

but the smallest of our friends got to enjoy the wonderful sensory experience of the cool damp sand simply because it was so irresistible to play with …

without an abundance of props!

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4 Responses to “sand play in a drawer”

  1. Juliet says:

    Great photos – I often advocate using old bookcase laid horizontally – let the shelves stay in or remove them depending on the size of structure.

    ::: Oh Yes Juliet LOVE the bookcase idea! I like that you could have different sensory experiences in the different areas of the shelving too! 🙂 🙂

  2. Bianca says:

    Draws are so versatile and best of all they are often free. I covert the draw from Kallista…wouldn’t it make an absolutely awsome base for a light table. You’d just need to find a glass or plastic top big enough to cover it 🙂 🙂

    ::: Oh yes Bianca that draw is a beauty … and so is your draw light table idea! 🙂 🙂

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  4. Kathy says:

    some really lovely ideas here that I look forward to sharing with my team:)

    ::: Thanks Kathy … enjoy! 🙂 🙂