05/05/2015

Edible Sandpit Messy Play

*It is thanks to a very helpful friend and fellow bloggers help that I've been able to get images in this post today!

I'm one of those mum's who spends far to much time trawling Pinterest, I am always on the look out for inspiration to find simple fun at home activities for Penelope. Recently I started trying to find out a little info on Sandpit Messy Play. Keeping things easy for myself I enjoy looking for activities that I can do which require things in the house we already have. I guess its part of the fun scrambling around the flat looking to see what I can use. Wanting it to be safe for small curious minds, it had to be edible. I've seen many recipes for this mixture but I decided to create my own, I went for Rolled Quaker Oats and Plain Digestive Biscuits. All I did to get the consistency was break up the ingredients into quarters, put them into a grinder creating the idea of sand. I did same for the oats too. Then mixed them together adding it all to a large plastic under bed storage box. To make it more interesting I added some small seaside toys, and other fun toys that I thought would be good to explore the sand with.

This activity was absolutely fantastic, we both had so much fun and ended up playing for a solid hour. We made lots of mess and towards the end of play things got out of hand. My carpet basically had the entire contents of the sandpit on it. Opps, sorry hoover. Penny really enjoyed feeling the sand in her hands picking it up and letting it slowly fall. She did try to eat it at one point during all the fun, not too keen it turns out? Blergh, its not chocolate mummy. I saved what I had left into an air tight jar, and we will be having another play during the week. I cant wait.

You don't have to take this too seriously I sure didn't, but as more of a novelty I even decided to recycle the edible sand! How you ask? Well, I made hobnobs with it. I didn't use measurements with my ingredients instead I put a round about estimate.  I used around 1 table spoon of water, maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda, 3 table spoons of butter, a couple of white chocolate drops and sugar (healthy eh!). I mixed it into a dough and put them in the oven for 25 minutes on a 180'C heat. They tasted AMAZING. I had mine with a glass of milk and some Cbeebies. Yes I did eat it! I had to try them even though my baby had been rolling around in it before hand. Who cares right? I wouldn't of done the same if it had been anyone else. Plus I didn't expect them to be a success in anyway hehe!









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5 comments:

  1. What an excellent idea!! We having couple dog days at home today/tomo and now we def trying this! Thanks yet again for more ideas :-) x

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    1. Thankyou Heidi, glad you like it! Honestly it was so much fun, so easy to create, and we spent ages messing around with it. I even have a clip on my Instagram encouraging Penny to crawl by sticking a cup full of the sand a little distance away! worked a treat!

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  2. That should of said "couple OF days at home" NOT "dog days" haha!!!

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  3. Love how you reused the sand.. haha!! Looks like Penny really enjoyed this activity! x
    Steph | www.raisingemily.net

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    1. Couldn't just put it in the bin, had to upcycle it in some way, so why not eat it! Two birds with one stone I say x

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