DIY Sand Combs

Here is a very inexpensive way to make sand combs for children to use during sand play.

DIY Sand Combs

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.

DIY Sand Combs

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.

DIY Sand Combs

Furthermore, these sand combs tolerate salt water well - which is a good thing considering the way my boys play on the beach.

DIY Sand Combs

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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