We finished our Natural sandpit. First have 1/2 ton washed sand delivered. I had ours dumped under some trees that will provide shade in the afternoon. Dump it directly on the grass. Do not line it with plastic. Children like to dig all the way to china... And a plastic lining will halt progress. Then search around the land for extreamly ridiculously heavy logs. Use handmade billycart to lug them up to sandpit. Place all around the pile of sand. This provides an uneven and therefore creative boundry for walking and balancing on, setting up shop, fences and forts, storing play equipment etc. Much more fun than a straight edge! Add natural items such as shells, terracotta saucers and pots, polished rocks, wooden spoons and child size wooden handled gardening tools. Enamel cups, bowls and plates are good too. So are the Turkish coffee makers. Just look in kitchen wear and Asian grocery shops for scoops and tools etc that are not plastic.
Let toddler play any how they like. Addng water is fine as there is no plastic lining so it will drain away naturally. Carrying sand and throwing it outside the pit is all good too. Another load can be delivered next year. Provide stainless steel colonders for sifting leaves and sticks out.
Digging, climbng trees, and running running running. We are all blessed in messyfish land.
We ate lunch with the monks today at our local Buddhist monestry. Our prayer flags have been busy with the big winds we have been having. Grateful today the winds have eased.
No more wheat or dairy for me. Homemade rye bread is our new staple. It's dense and moist and wholesome.
Wishing you all a creative week...