My kids love playing in the sand, and my 1 year old is finally starting to enter a phase where he does not put every single grain of sand in his mouth, so I decided it was time to refresh my sand toy collection. I headed over to one of my favorite haunting grounds – the dollar store.
The real sand toys at the dollar store are what you would expect to get for your money: flimsy and unexciting. So after rejecting the sand toys, I happened by the kitchen aisle where I really hit the jackpot. I decided to get my kids kitchen supplies so that they could create their own sand pies and cupcakes. The cooking stuff on this aisle, while still cheap and cheerful, seemed much sturdier than the “official” sand toys.
Here’s a list of what I bought:
- Mixing bowl with handle
- Large clear measuring cup
- Set of smaller measuring cups
- Flour sifter
- Measuring spoons
- Salt and pepper shakers (make sure they are plastic and not glass)
- Cupcake tin
- Random small bowls
- Large container with handle that has holes so I dont bring home half the sandbox with me
For $10, I had a great set of kitchen tools that has kept my children entertained at the park for months. Whenever we bring them out, there’s always a flock of children who want to help with the sand cooking. The pretend play element makes playing in the sand fun and engaging.
Another great place to get sturdy baking supplies for cheap is your local thrift store.
Also, all of the toys from the dollar store and your local thrift store work great for playing at the beach, and for making mud pies. The tins will rust over time from water use but for $1 a pop, they are easy to replace.
Hope your kids enjoy making their own sand and mud kitchens!