Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sand & Water Play: Make a Road

As much as I hate to admit this, Bob the Builder inspired this activity.  In an episode of the show focused on making roads, they demonstrate how little ones can recreate the experience at home. We decided to try it and discovered it works, and is great backyard fun! You've got rocks, sand, water, shovels and trucks - what's not to love?

We used wood leftover from building a patio to set the frame for the road. Then came the real work - shoveling and laying rocks,

mixing sand and water to make "cement," (don't use too much water-pour off any excess water, so that you get a firm consistency, like wet sand at the beach)

laying the "cement" and flattening it down, (some of our rocks poked through!)

and, of course, the best part of all, (after you remove your frame)

taking the sandbox trucks for a nice drive on our freshly paved road. Give it a try!! (You know you live in Southern California when your toddler recreates a traffic jam!)

Tip - the next morning your firm road will be dry sand, but if you re-wet the sand, it's a quick way to repave the road! (Also - try to start with a flat surface, we didn't, so our road came out bumpy and rocky.)

Just linked up Toddler Games That Only Take You! with Family Connections Summer 2012's Old Fashioned Family Fun Link-Up.

Also sharing as part of the Daily Outdoor Challenge hosted by Cultivated Lives.

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  1. Oh that looks fun. I wish we had a sand box.

  2. Love, love, love this idea. I do so much focused at my older boys, I think I'll give this a whirl and focus on something for my younger guy. He would love this!!!!

  3. Bob the builder has started tons of fun activities in our household! I think it's one of the better kids shows to inspire creative play.

  4. great activity we love the sand box. Thanks for linking up at Learn Through Play!

  5. Got to love Bob the builder that looks like great fun

  6. What a fun dirt filled project!

  7. This looks like a lot of fun! I love how you took your son's lead. We made a construction site using homemade moon sand for a smaller indoors version!

    Thanks for stopping by The Sunday Showcase, hope to see you again this week!


  8. Oh my - my son would love this! He's all about everything with wheels. Thanks for sharing with the Kids Co-Op!

  9. That looks like a lot of fun. I love being outside all day this time of year, don't you!!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF.

    If you have a moment I'd love your vote in Circle of Moms Top 25 Homeschooling blogs ( - Thanks!!

  10. Stopping in from the Blog Hop and a new follower. This looks like so much fun. I believe I will have to give it a try, I know my 5 year old would love to build roads.

  11. Thanks for sharing this fun activity with us at tip toe thru tuesday! NOone ever died from a few episodes of Bob the Builder so don't sweat it!

  12. Looks like so much fun and educational..thanks for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party!