My friends little girl turns 2 today and has received a Tuff Spot for her birthday. It got us thinking of our top 7+ Tuff Spot toddler play ideas.
A Tuff Spot Tray (affiliate link) or Builders Tray is a fantastic resource for indoor or outdoor messy play. I was lucky enough to have them in one of my classrooms and it was used for imaginative play, for mark making and creating small world scenarios to name but a few uses.
So far Adam and I have focused on messy play ideas with the Tuff Spot. Here are our top 7 Tuff Spot toddler play activities:
By adding oats, chick peas and a variety of diggers Adam had his own construction site.
This ended up to be several activities involving the Tuff Spot as the water had frozen over night. It was also the first time Adam enjoyed holding any malleable material.
Adam enjoyed colour mixing with the aid of shaving foam and cars. He also loved cleaning the cars and Tuff Spot afterwards.
After a failed attempt at Jelly Car Digging previously I was surprised when the second attempt worked – gelatine is the answer! Digging out the animals was great fun.
Cornflakes are great for scooping, transporting and crunching under your feet. Just don’t expect the birds to eat all the cornflakes instead of cleaning them up!
6. Clean Mud
This is a great quick set up activity because part of the fun is making the clean mud. It only needs two ingredients. It also makes great sculptures.
7. Wheat flakes
This was a first attempt at small world play with the wheat flakes representing sand. Adam much preferred to transfer the wheat flakes back into the box.
The Tuff Spot is a great way of containing resources during an activity. It keeps them all to hand in one place. The Tuff Spot also provides a great place to sit outside during an activity. We have used the Tuff Spot with the following activities:
We bought Adam’s Tuff Spot from B&Q last summer prior to starting our 100 day play challenge. At first it was used for a shallow water tray which usually contained rubber ducks or plastic balls.
Adam’s first experience of messy play with the Tuff Spot was to experiment with shaving foam. He was not impressed. I squirted some shaving foam on the Tuff Spot and placed several kitchen utensils for Adam to use. He used the whisk to mark make and the spoon to hit the shaving foam. It took a little persuasion but Adam did eventually put his feet into the shaving foam.
When defrosting the freezer I came across a batch of frozen vegetable puree that I had made when weaning Adam. They made a great resource to put into the Tuff Spot. Adam was able to explore the textures of the different vegetables, watch the melting process and squash the cubes between his fingers.
(Adam was 15 months old)
We will no doubt find many more uses for the Tuff Spot. What are your favourite activities for the Tuff Spot?
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