Recently I left our sand toys in the minivan. We weren’t planning to stay at the park very long, so the extra toys just weren’t worth the hassle.
Of course, our kids immediately ran to the sand area and wanted to dig. I quickly searched for some rocks and sticks and showed them how to use them as digging and building tools. Thankfully our kids were intrigued. Using simple rocks and sticks, they were able to make a huge hole, tunnel, and a pretend animal home.
And, the best part? No one was trying to steal anyone else’s toys. I didn’t have to worry about sand toys getting lost or taken. The park outing was surprisingly peaceful. Yes, a couple of kids thought it would be fun to wreck the creations, but our kids were able to stand up for themselves because they were just protecting their one creation rather than also keeping track of their toys.
Sand toys are wonderful. And most of the time we will bring them to the park and the beach. But, leaving them in the minivan and thinking outside the box was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.