We use a lot of poster board, foam paper and plastic animals around here, it seems that they are always being reused and almost always in new ways.
One way to use them is making a play land for dinos and bugs.
We chose a light brown poster board to resemble sand
I glued a piece of blue foam paper that I had cut into a pond shape, onto the poster board
I put some clear stones around half of the “water”
Added some cut pieces of wood, a stick and leaves
Added a patch of grass and a small cave house we purchased at the local pet store
Added some rocks, a small nest and plastic dinos and bugs we bought from the dollar tree
And boom hours of fun for the munchkins where the dinos have their own world.
I LOVE epsom salt when it comes to play, I first discovered it as a sensory item on pinterest, through multiple sites, and fell in love because you can adapt it to make so many things, and you can get epsom salt from the dollar tree. These are 2 of my favorite epsom salt activities:
A is really into the ocean, he wants to be a Marine Biologist when he gets older, so the quickest way to make him get involved in an activity is to use an ocean theme. That is where this bin came from:
I colored the epsom salt blue, I use gel food color because I like the fact that you can use less of it
I filled it with Sea shells, plastic sea life, and green rocks that we also purchased at the dollar tree and added the wooden tunnel that we got from the pet store.
C is gaga over dinosaurs so for her I made this bin:
Again I colored the epsom salt, but with green this time.
I added rocks, plastic dinosaurs and plastic bugs purchased from the dollar tree, a pinecone from outside, a piece of grass purchased from the pet store, and a wooden block(The husband made these by cutting tree braches into different size blocks, I love them because they have many uses, this is one of them)
These bins can keep children young to old occupied, I even played with them, and it allows them to use a lot of imagination, stay tuned for more epsom salt ideas