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The Legendary Couscous Sandpit - by Andy

Posted by Andy on 27 May 2014 at 19:37



Wet outside? Want all of the fun of a sandpit but without the mess? Welcome to the couscous sandpit!



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This is the BEST idea that my wife ever had. We'd heard of people using other things before to create an indoor sandpit, but it turned out that couscous is ideal for the job.

Ingredients :

  • 1 large plastic tray around 18 inches by 12 inches and 4 inches deep (a cat litter tray is perfect for the job)
  • 2kg of couscous
  • Some small plastic animals/toy cars/other objects to bury
  • Some small sandpit toys (rake, spade etc which you can find on Amazon for a few quid)
  • Couple of empty yoghurt pots
  • One small plastic funnel
  • One noisy toddler who can't go outside because it is raining

Method :

Place everything into the plastic tray and sit the toddler next to it. Leave for 15 minutes, sweep up and start again.

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----> Awesome fun!! Couscous is the perfect texture for little people and is also the same colour as sand. It is also easy to sweep up or hoover and doesn't look particularly edible but if he does eat it then it is no problem. If you want to introduce some variety then you could use lentils, porridge oats, rice etc.

Doofy loved burying everything with the little spade and guessing what was underneath the piles of sand that I made. It was a lot neater than expected and it was good for him to learn how to pour things over the tray.

Quite a lot of couscous ended up in his onesie but I just shook him down and gave him a quick onceover with the handheld hoover. Voila!!


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