Digging is fun. When we're not at the beach digging, we're usually in our backyard digging in the garden or at our sand table. This is a smaller scale digging activity that includes desert animals and play shovels. After digging for a bit, the kids ditched the shovel to use their hands instead.
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- Play Sand - Check your local hardware or home improvement store.
- Digging Tools
- Desert Life - We have so many sets of Safari Ltd TOOB's. They are so detailed, a fabulous learning tool, and a homeschool must. The kiddos use them for everything. For this activity we used a mix of the Desert TOOB set and the Wild TOOB set.
If fancifying digging tools, spray paint per can instructions. Let dry. Seal spray paint. Let dry.
- Fill bucket with sand adding desert animals as you go.
- Instruct kiddos to dig for animals. Use hands, shovels, sifters, rakes - whatever works! Repeat.
- Upgrade to a larger pit with water like our Step2 Naturally Playful Sand & Water Center
- Study Deserts by Gail Gibbons. Gail Gibbons has interesting books for so many different subjects. We are constantly checking them out at the library.
- Read Desert Night or Desert Day or Why Oh Why are Deserts Dry?
- Rhyme along with Way Out in the Desert
- Tell a story with these desert animal feltboard creatures. Feltboards are a neat way to tell stories or introduce a subject to kiddos. We like to set scenes by using a feltboard and different felt cutouts.
- Roleplay with a plush cactus home