We included a shaded sandbox play area in our garden plan to give the kids something nearby to do when they tired of helping with garden chores. This was especially helpful when E was in his 2-year-old wandering phase as the garden is also fenced. Now E spends countless hours in his sandbox whether I’m in the garden or not. Recently one of his favorite activities has been playing restaurant and making “smoothies” and other concoctions to serve me as I work.
When I saw this post: Creating a Mudpie Kitchen on “Rhythm of the Home” I knew it was right up his alley. Before long, we had whipped up this arrangement, and we continue to look for more accessories (thrift store dishes, empty spice containers) as we go. Since the play area also runs alongside the chicken run, it also makes a great spot for a chicken drive-through. “Would you like some wild strawberries or chickweed with those grubs?”