The benefits of getting a tuff spot are vast:
- Contains the mess
- Provides designated space to play
- Helps develop imagination
- Promotes positive play
- Encourages use of fine & gross motor skills
- Provides endless possibilities of different activities. Endless…
So if you haven’t yet bought one…
And then, to get you going (or even if you’re a veteran tuff spot user), here’s 5 great ideas that are guaranteed to keep your little one amused.
- Digger Land – Sand, grass, twigs, pebbles, shingle, building blocks and of course, DIGGERS!!!
2. Gelli Baff – An amazing substance that simply requires you to just add water. Watch it grow into ‘Gelli.’ Perfectly harmless but maybe a little messy.
3. Pom Poms – Small pom pom balls, some cups, and some mini tweezers. Great for developing those fine motor skills and can be highly educational; sorting the colours & sizes or even counting!
4. Water Play – Water pistol, bowl, shot glasses (plastic), food colouring, funnels, sponges and water! And it doesn’t have to be a sunny day. When it’s raining, it makes it even more fun!
5. Dinosaur World – Grass, leaves, sand, pebbles, shingle, sand, water bowls and dinosaurs. Great to encourage imaginative play.
6. Candy Shop – Kitchen utensils, ice cube trays and small wheat puffs. These ones were sweet, but you can use rice or pasta. :)
7. A world of Insects – Grass, shingle, mud, leaves, twigs, logs, cups, tweezers, pots & insects. We’ve added some of Ted’s plastic ones, but this is also a great chance to go on a bug hunt around the garden and add your own real life bugs!
We have built up our collection of equipment over a few years, but the best place to go to for everything is Poundland. Here’s an old post we wrote with a list of all the things we got from Poundland. And cheaply too!