The next time she played with the sand she spread it out and said it was a beach. She invited me to play and showed me the umbrella I could sit under, the buckets I could use and showed me how to dig in the sand. Though still only a thin layer of sand Cakes was imagining an entire beach and items in great detail. She continued this imaginative play for many days until the amount of sand dwindled away and she returned the almost empty bucket to the sand pit.
As messy as this activity is I recommend it and would bring it back into our house if Cakes requested it. I could contain it in a sensory tray, a small pool or on a mat but I don't want to stifle the amazing play she created.
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