Since getting our Cosy Direct Tuff Spot Stand we have been desperate to make a den. As today’s letter in our Tuff Spot A-Z Challenge is U we had the perfect excuse to make a U is for Underground Cave Tuff Spot.
I have a confession though. I am hopeless at making dens. The material never stays in place and Adam only has to look at my creation before it falls down. I had no idea how I was going to make an underground Tuff Spot! I first attempted to reuse the painted cardboard box from our Space Fort. I figured that as the box was already black I could stand it up against the Tuff Spot stand and attach lots of sellotape. Unfortunately the box wasn’t the right size and I didn’t have enough sections for each side.
So I opted to use a duvet cover. We don’t own any brown sheets to represent the soil so I used a green sheet to represent the grass. I realised that if I folded the duvet cover in half it fitted around most of the Tuff Spot Stand. I had three sections left which were uncovered. I used two pillow cases to cover two of the sections and one would be the entrance. I only had to use four pieces of sellotape to attach the two pillowcases in place. Placing the Tuff Spot on top would hold everything in place.
I have fond memories of caves from when I travelled around New Zealand. I loved seeing the glow worms at Waitomo. I wanted to add this element to Adam’s underground cave. On the base of the Tuff Spot I sellotaped our Christmas lights. This process didn’t take long and the effect was wonderful.
With the Tuff Spot in place I added our daisy DIY Tuff Spot mat to represent the ground above our cave.
To give Adam a sensory activity to do in his underground cave I created some pretend soil. This was made from recycling the rice crispies from our Noisy Rice Krispies Tuff Spot and the painted brown rice from our Insect Tuff Spot. I added the two ingredients to our blender and it produced a sand texture. In the sand I hid a variety of insects, arachnids and other creatures.
In the Underground Cave I left a variety of fine motor skills equipment. Our latest purchase was another great find from PoundLand which included three items.
I poured the home made soil into our large Really Useful Box 33 Litre (affiliate link) and placed our green Ikea box on top.
Adam had a wonderful time exploring his Underground Cave. He was fascinated by the lights and loved hunting for the different creatures. Our Tuff Spot Stand den was also used for a cosy book area later on that evening. The duvet stayed in place the whole time. I impressed myself!
* Tuff Spot Tray (affiliate link)
* King Size Duvet and two pillow cases
* Christmas tree lights
* Play soil made from blended coloured rice and rice krispies
* Really Useful Box 33 Litre and Ikea box
* Fine motor skills tools
Tuff Spot A-Z Blog Hop:
Other Tuff Spot activities beginning with U:
U is for:
Underground, Umbrellas, Ultra Violet, Underpants (Aliens Love…)
Tomorrows Tuff Spot A-Z Challenge letter is V.
V is for:
Vehicles, Volcanoes, Valentine
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