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54 tuff spot ideas....

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by jemappellelula, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. I spent ages making a list and then saw someone had already done the same.... But here it is up to date with everyone's ideas. Tried to post it in resources, but it wouldn't work.

    Tuff spot ideas:

    1. Small world people.
    2. Animals.
    3. Orange lentils and trucks.
    4. Jungle animals, logs and twigs.
    5. Build a house with 3d shapes.
    6. Small gravel and diggers.
    7. Sand and water (pretend cement).
    8. Cornflour. (Coloured, blow with straw, letter formation.)
    9. Compost and cars.
    10. Beach scene- shells, crabs, water, fish.
    11. Leaves and magnifying glasses.
    12. Straw and farm/wild animals.
    13. Sand.
    14. Gravel.
    15. Compost with dinosaurs/minibeasts/flowers/trowels.
    16. White rice and arctic animals.
    17. Porridge oats and containers.
    18. Sponges, soap and water.
    19. Fairy liquid and bubble blowers.
    20. A massive pack of ice cubes slung in the middle, a liberal coating of cornflour for snow, a few drops of blue food colouring
    dropped on top, and a good shake of salt to start the melting process.

    21. Natural objects: leaves, stones, shells, etc... magnify glasses, colour lens.



    22. Minature garden- compost, flowers, pebbles, twigs, leaves, foil for pretend pond.
    23. spaghetti - cooked slightly, add different food colouring , use different tools and different sized containers to fill - e.g. food tongs, slottled spoons, chopsticks.
    24. Mixed bag of pasta, lentils, beans etc.Trays of little pots for sorting use tweezers, assorted measuring spoons, slotted spoons etc.
    25. Sandcastles.
    26. Numbers and letters in shredded paper.
    27. Frozen ice hands made using diposable rubber gloves.
    28. Spagnum moss (from B&Q ), ferny plants, assorted stones and lots of dinosaurs.
    29. Dry rice & pasta with teaset and little spoons.
    30. Paper, children draw or paint using twigs, marbles, printing equipment for lovely backing paper.
    31. Sugar cubes for children to use as 'ice blocks' make igloos and houses for small world people.
    32. Compost & water- plough with ponies and rakes at harvest time.
    33. Ducks, frogs and weed and water.
    34. Reflective materials: fill tray with water and washing up liquid. Blow bubbles in solution using straws-rainbows appear on the bubbles from the reflection of light.
    35. Sand with jewels, sieve for buried treasure.
    36. Soapflakes with little water and glitter to make snow scene.
    37. Coloured ice cubes and plastic cups- mix colours when they melt. Add salt to melt the ice quicker.
    38. Green jelly and creatures- swamp.
    39. Diggers and tea leaves- looks like soil but smells interesting.
    40. Coloured sand - transparant funnels, small plastic bottles and teaspoons.
    41. Porridge.
    42. Grass seed/ cress- plant and grow.
    43. Bark.
    44. Shaving foam and paint.
    45. Plant beans and grow bean stalk.
    46. Plastic mirrors.
    47. Custard.
    48. Smash.
    49. Magnets and coins/paper clips hidden in sawdust.
    50. Fill with water and leave outside over night in the winter to make giant ice cube.
    51. Salt and glitter, sit tray on white net curtain,fill with small shiny objects eg tea strainer, silver measuring cups and spoons, silver jugs and small silver whisks.
    52. Turf.
    53. ********** backgrounds.
    54. Fill balloon with water, freeze, remove balloon explore with food colouring.
     
  2. I spent ages making a list and then saw someone had already done the same.... But here it is up to date with everyone's ideas. Tried to post it in resources, but it wouldn't work.

    Tuff spot ideas:

    1. Small world people.
    2. Animals.
    3. Orange lentils and trucks.
    4. Jungle animals, logs and twigs.
    5. Build a house with 3d shapes.
    6. Small gravel and diggers.
    7. Sand and water (pretend cement).
    8. Cornflour. (Coloured, blow with straw, letter formation.)
    9. Compost and cars.
    10. Beach scene- shells, crabs, water, fish.
    11. Leaves and magnifying glasses.
    12. Straw and farm/wild animals.
    13. Sand.
    14. Gravel.
    15. Compost with dinosaurs/minibeasts/flowers/trowels.
    16. White rice and arctic animals.
    17. Porridge oats and containers.
    18. Sponges, soap and water.
    19. Fairy liquid and bubble blowers.
    20. A massive pack of ice cubes slung in the middle, a liberal coating of cornflour for snow, a few drops of blue food colouring
    dropped on top, and a good shake of salt to start the melting process.

    21. Natural objects: leaves, stones, shells, etc... magnify glasses, colour lens.



    22. Minature garden- compost, flowers, pebbles, twigs, leaves, foil for pretend pond.
    23. spaghetti - cooked slightly, add different food colouring , use different tools and different sized containers to fill - e.g. food tongs, slottled spoons, chopsticks.
    24. Mixed bag of pasta, lentils, beans etc.Trays of little pots for sorting use tweezers, assorted measuring spoons, slotted spoons etc.
    25. Sandcastles.
    26. Numbers and letters in shredded paper.
    27. Frozen ice hands made using diposable rubber gloves.
    28. Spagnum moss (from B&Q ), ferny plants, assorted stones and lots of dinosaurs.
    29. Dry rice & pasta with teaset and little spoons.
    30. Paper, children draw or paint using twigs, marbles, printing equipment for lovely backing paper.
    31. Sugar cubes for children to use as 'ice blocks' make igloos and houses for small world people.
    32. Compost & water- plough with ponies and rakes at harvest time.
    33. Ducks, frogs and weed and water.
    34. Reflective materials: fill tray with water and washing up liquid. Blow bubbles in solution using straws-rainbows appear on the bubbles from the reflection of light.
    35. Sand with jewels, sieve for buried treasure.
    36. Soapflakes with little water and glitter to make snow scene.
    37. Coloured ice cubes and plastic cups- mix colours when they melt. Add salt to melt the ice quicker.
    38. Green jelly and creatures- swamp.
    39. Diggers and tea leaves- looks like soil but smells interesting.
    40. Coloured sand - transparant funnels, small plastic bottles and teaspoons.
    41. Porridge.
    42. Grass seed/ cress- plant and grow.
    43. Bark.
    44. Shaving foam and paint.
    45. Plant beans and grow bean stalk.
    46. Plastic mirrors.
    47. Custard.
    48. Smash.
    49. Magnets and coins/paper clips hidden in sawdust.
    50. Fill with water and leave outside over night in the winter to make giant ice cube.
    51. Salt and glitter, sit tray on white net curtain,fill with small shiny objects eg tea strainer, silver measuring cups and spoons, silver jugs and small silver whisks.
    52. Turf.
    53. ********** backgrounds.
    54. Fill balloon with water, freeze, remove balloon explore with food colouring.
     
  3. Thanks, saves me reading all the postings for the other tuff spot post!! Am always adding posts to my hotlist thinking I must read those and make a note of the ideas.

    :)
     
  4. That is very helpful, thank you for putting all the info into a list (we all love lists ha ha).
     
  5. Very helpful list, some great ideas, thank you!
    I have been asked to make some 'inserts' for our tuff spots, presumably themes such as seaside, space etc to stimulate imaginative play. Has anyone made any and what did you use?
    Any suggestions welcome!
     
  6. Stupid question - what's a tuff spot?
     
  7. Builder's tray (intended for mixing cement, etc I suppose) - large shallow tough plastic tray, ours is about a metre across, sort of octagonal shape! From B&Q etc, quite cheap. Great for small world play, all kinds of things really as you can see from the 50 ideas list!
     
  8. ********** do lovely inserts that are designed for use in sand/water trays. These could also be used in tuffspot.
     
  9. featherstone publish a book as well with ideas.It is one of the little books range, around £7/8 or so.
     
  10. wow, mr sparkle asking for something. now thats a 1st. how can anyone say no?
    x
     
  11. Of course I don't mind. You have been my saviour this year! Thank you for all the beautiful things on your website.
     
  12. Thanks... may not be able to put it on our site anyway as TES claims copyright on anything that's posted here.

    Oh well, was a nice idea lol

    SB:)
     

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