Welcome back to Pondering Playtime, my fortnightly series where I share a favourite picture book and a craft or play activity to go with it. This week, I’ve chosen Maisy’s Digger by Lucy Cousins* and set up this fun digger quarry tuff spot to go with it.
Maisy’s Digger is about Maisy the mouse and her love of her digger, which she uses to dig a pond in her back garden, with the help of her friends.
For this activity, I put some sand into the tuff spot, then added some gravel that we had left over from some other gardening projects we’d been doing. Then I added a couple of digger toys that we were sent to review a couple of years ago, along with a spade, rake and sieve.
Then I left the girls to play!
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B was desperate to start playing in this tuff spot, the moment I started setting it up. She absolutely loves anything vaguely dirt-related and is always getting her hands into the flowerbeds, so this was right up her street!
As soon as we were ready to play, M set about using the diggers to create tracks in the sand and make a mound of stones mixed with sand. She also experimented with sieving the mixture to separate the two. B mostly enjoyed scooping the stones and transporting them around the garden!
Half way through playing with the tuff spot, I brought out our library copy of Maisy’s Digger to photograph in the sand. Both girls immediately stopped playing so that we could read the story together, so it’s clearly a hit!
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