Here is a very inexpensive way to make sand combs for children to use during sand play.
I remember having sand combs for children to use many years ago but it wasn’t until I read a post on Made By Joel that I remembered about them.
Joel made his sand combs out of wood. They are beautifully simple and look like they’d be a delight to use.
However, as my wood work skills are basically non-existent, I opted to make our sand combs out of some recycled material (otherwise known as ‘junk’). In this case, the recycled materials were the plastic lids of ice-cream containers.
The lids were first cut in half with a strong pair of scissors.
Next different patterns were cut along one edge of each comb – wavy, jagged, straight and curvy.
True, they’re not as beautiful as wooden combs … however, they were quick to make and inexpensive.
Furthermore, these sand combs tolerate salt water well – which is a good thing considering the way my boys play on the beach.
I love the way children take a piece of equipment and use it in a unique manner – such as dragging it along the length of the beach. What a great way to develop spatial awareness!
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