As much as I love reading with Rose, I know that she LOVES being outside. With that in mind, we set out to buy a sandbox for our backyard. Unfortunately, it seems that places stop selling them once summer is over, so I decided to find plans online and build one myself. As it turned out, this was a way better move than buying a plastic sandbox. I found the plans at a website from Ana White, a homemaker and mother who also happens to be very good at building things. The sandbox even has built-in benches that fold down as a cover for the sandbox to keep neighborhood cats from turning it into a giant litter box! You can get the plans yourself by going to http://ana-white.com/2011/10/plans/sand-box-built-seats. The plans are easy to follow, even for an amateur like me, and if you like them, Ana White just came out with a book full of projects that you can buy through Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Indie Bound.
Anyway, I built the sandbox, with only a few minor hiccups (such as the dog tearing into two of the bags of sand before I could stop him) and Rose just loves it!
But how does this relate to reading? I wanted to find a book with a sandbox in it to read with Rose to get her excited. I asked our local librarian and they found me this:
It’s a great little book about a toy bulldozer who escapes from his sandbox, has some adventures, and ultimately is relieved to be back in his sandbox home with all of his friends. Rose really loved it! I don’t know that she got the connection between the book and the sandbox, but using books as a preparation for the real world is something that I really like doing. Are you going to the beach? Read a book about the beach. Visiting grandparents? Same thing. It’s a great way to prepare your kid for an event!
If you’re planning on building the sandbox, let me know in the comments, and good luck!