The Tuff Spot
We’ve had our tuff spot, a builders tray, for a couple of years now and we go through a lot of phases with it. At the moment we are in a not using it phase so I figured for my letter T this week I would revisit some uses of the tuff spot to give me and hopefully you some inspiration to play. After all playing is good fun!
Here are 7 different ways to use your Tuff Spot and because I am kind they are mostly clean dry ways because after all it’s nice to not have loads of tidying up to do!
The Lego Bricks Tuff Spot
Really that is it, a load of bricks. Sometimes something like this can really change how they play with stuff. Normally the Robot plays with his Duplo track and builds trains and carriages. Given just the blocks makes him build different things.
Water Beads Tuff Spot
Ok, so this ones a bit messy but is less messy than a bowl of water. Water beads are good fun though learning about pouring and scooping and squashing.
The Joy of Books Tuff Spot
We often have books laying round but sometimes they are missed. Putting them prominently as an invitation to play and read like this is a great idea! We love reading in the Two Tiny House
Rice Sensory Play Tuff Spot
A whole load of coloured rice. Sometimes it’s the set up that is most fun! Making shapes out of the playdoh and then filling it with coloured rice is a pain but oh so much joy from the kids. I loved this star activity..
Rice Crispy Small World Tuff Spot
This is a favourite with the Robot, he loves his trains and diggers so will spend hours shunting rice crispy flakes around. It’s a bit messy but it’s a satisfying hoover.
Construction Site Tuff Spot
A bit like before but smaller scale with snow dough (safe sand) and stones from the garden. Starting small makes room for self play and letting him roam the tuff spot himself.
Colouring In Tuff Spot
A book and some pencils, let them be:
There are loads more ideas out there for messy and Sensory play ideas that are great for playing on a tuff spot. The aim is to contain the mess but also embrace it!!
Let the kids have fun.
After writing this my minds all fired up to go and get the tuff spot out the cellar and have a play with something.
How about you? What have you been playing with today?