I'd love to share something that Y is loving. I know as a mom I'm always looking for new ideas for him. This summer has been a little rough with the weather we've been having. We've had an unprecedented amount of rainy days! Or maybe being cooped up with a 3-year-old just makes it seem like we've had more than usual? Either way, we've been inside a lot and with my work schedule we don't get a lot of time to go "do" a lot of things. That is one of my main frustrations about my schedule, but alas, that is a post for another day.
So, since we've been inside quite a bit, Y has been playing with his Sands Alive sandbox pretty much every day. My parents got this for him for Christmas and he has loved it from day one. One thing I will say is that although this sand is kinetic and tends to stick together, it does get a little messy. I vacuum the area about 2-3 times per week, depending on the level of play he has done that week. He still has enough sand in there to play with though and I know additional sand can be purchased for refilling.
If you aren't familiar with Sands Alive, it is a compound primarily made of sand and a food grade binding agent. It never dries out, is non-toxic, 100% safe if a kiddo tastes it, and the coolest part is that it molds into any shape. As in you can made a sand "snowball"! Or maybe the coolest part is that it is germ and bacteria resistant? As per the Sands Alive website, it is the only compound that has laboratory proof of no bacteria growing on the sand. That is pretty exciting for anyone with toddlers/preschoolers since we all know what little germ buckets they can be!
I am hopeful for more sun on my days off so that we can venture out to the zoo, playground, or splash park soon. I'd also love to take Y to the pool! I have so many fun summer ideas pinned to my pinterest board (go here to follow me!) that I hope I get to do at least 2 or 3 of them before Summer ends! Any great indoor ideas of 3-year-olds you'd like to share? Let me know in the comments below!
UPDATE: I know this post was drafted in Summer but I wanted to update to say how much we have enjoyed playing with this all year. This is something that Y goes back to again and again! I love that this inspires some creativity in him and we play all sorts of games he makes up - from making me "breakfast pancakes" to being a construction site! Overall one of the best toys we've bought so far! I know they sell a glow-in-the-dark version now. Perhaps Santa will bring him some?