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Salt the Sandbox

Why Salt the Sandbox?

"Salt the Sandbox" refers to what has become one of my kids' favorite 
activities.

bulletSalt.  We mix small specimens of shells, fossils, rocks, or whatever into the sand in our sandbox.  (The term "salt" comes from the mining industry.  Dishonest mine owners would sometimes "salt" their properties with gold in order to fool prospective investors.)
  
bulletSearch.  My kids, and their friends, search for specimens, sifting though the sand.
  
bulletStore.  The kids add their finds to their collections.  If you want to learn more about how we store different types of specimens, go here.
  
bulletStudy.  The kids study their finds -- and also use them in their fantasy play.  Together, we learn more about their specimens from books, the Web, museums, and any other sources we can dig up (including their Dad, the naturalist).

Some day I'll find time to put together a Web site describing "Salt the 
Sandbox" in more detail.  If you'd like more information now, please 
contact me at < Webmaster@SaltTheSandbox.org >.

Does "salting the sandbox" seem like a lot for a parent to do, on top 
of everything else it takes to raise a child?  To me, it's worth it to support 
my kids' interests.  Plus, it's lots of fun for me, because I'm indulging my
interests at the same time!

Since this Web site is all about kids' interests and the ways in which 
parents can support them, I chose the title "Salt the Sandbox."

   

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This page was created on August 26, 2000, and it was last updated on December 16, 2002.