Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.
Today I’ve got a super simple outdoor play idea for those of you who, like us in Indiana, are enjoying some January snow: use your Summer sandbox toys in the Winter snow.
As we made our way through the garage on our way to play in the yard after our first really big snowfall of the season, I noticed the kids grabbing the sandbox shovels and pails along with the snow shovels. It seemed to be instinct for them and it ended up being a lovely way to play.
The scoops, shovels, buckets, and castle molds were great fun in the snow!
It was such a simple thing, but it added a whole new dimension to our snow day fun.
Don’t have any sandbox toys? Why not raid the kitchen cupboards for some plastic measuring cups or food storage containers? What about a toy dump truck? Max, my six year old, has discovered his plastic cars and trucks are pretty fun in the snow. (I’d just avoid metal and anything breakable, for safety’s sake).
Using our sandbox toys for winter fun was such a hit, I think we’ll try using some other warm season toys, too.
I wonder what blowing bubbles would be like on a cold winter’s day?
What are some of your favorite double-duty seasonal toys?