I’m always trying to come up with fun activities for my 2-year son to do while I’m at work. This Mini Construction Site Sandbox is a perfect tabletop activity that can help develop his sensory and motor skills.
If you’ve read some of my other posts, you know that I bring little J to work with me every day. He’s been coming with me since he was 6 weeks old! As he’s gotten older, I’ve had to come up with new and exciting things to stimulate his little mind. Right now he’s into PlayDoh, coloring, painting, cars, and soccer.
Throughout the day I find little bits of time to sit and interact with him, but I also have to get work done, so I try to come up with activities that are fun for him to explore and play on his own. This Mini Construction Site Sandbox is small enough to sit on top of his table, which is behind my desk. It’s also portable with a removable lid so we can take it outside or to and from my office.
Hands-on activities like this Mini Construction Site Sandbox help to stimulate a child’s senses. Sensory play can also help develop language skills, cognitive growth, problems solving skills, and even social interactions among children of equal age.
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A trip to Dollar Tree, Home Depot, $15, and you’ve got yourself a Mini Construction Site Sandbox.
Plastic container with lid
4-5 Matchbox Tractors *If Dollar Tree doesn’t have any tractors, check out Target.
1- 1.5” PVC piece- cut 2” long
1-1.5” 90° elbow
Yellow Acrylic Paint
Black Permanent Marker
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- Paint PVC yellow and set aside to dry.
- Fill half of the plastic container with sand.
- Set PVC elbow in a corner and cover middle section with sand.
- Place rocks on both sides of the PVC.
- Draw construction signs on PVC with marker and then place PVC on top of the sand. PVC pieces can be used as tunnels for the Matchbox tractors.
- Place Matchbox tractors in your Mini Construction Site Sandbox and let the playing begin!
What kind of sensory play does your toddler enjoy? Share in the comments below.
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