After the success of our World Map Cress Tuff Spot I was feeling confident with my gardening capabilities. When I heard Larabee UK was hosting a Kids In The Garden Blog Hop I decided to put my green fingers to the test! One activity that has been on my wish list for sometime has been to create a Grass Tuff Spot. I now had the perfect excuse. It is just a shame it didn’t go to plan.
I used the soil from our Mud Kitchen and transferred it to our black Tuff Spot. Adam helped me to break up any large clumps of soil and to remove any large stones.
Adam then helped to sprinkle grass seed on top of the soil. It was a great fine motor skill activity. Once the grass seed was in place we gently flattened the soil and gave it plenty of water.
At this point we felt very smug. However, the weather had other ideas. For the next two weeks it rained. It didn’t just rain a little bit but we had torrential rain. Our Tuff Spot ended up to be a boggy mess. I tried to rectify the issue several times but after the third week it was clear that our grass seed Tuff Spot had not survived.
We moved on to plan B. If I couldn’t grow grass then I could “cheat” and use turf. We took a quick trip to B&Q. The notice board indicated we needed two rolls of turf to cover 1 meter square – the size of the Tuff Spot. Getting the turf home was a messy affair and required the car to be hoovered after the trip! Back home we unrolled one strip of turf in the Tuff Spot. We attempted to use a shovel to cut the turf to fit the shape of the Tuff Spot but in the end scissors worked best.
Upon reflection we only needed one roll of turf in order to cover the Tuff Spot. It didn’t take long before our turf was cut into shape and ready to be watered.
Despite our Grass Turf Tuff Spot only being a day old the grass is quite long. We plan to let it grow long so we can have many Grass Turf Tuff Spot adventures over the next few months. Small worlds, fine motor activities, imaginative play – watch this space!
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Emma is an Early Years Teacher turned Stay At Home Mum. After discovering a love for Tuff Spots within the classroom, Emma is keen to show other parents how to play with a Tuff Spot at home. She is passionate about easy to make play activities using resources found around the home. Emma can be found blogging about the play activities of her son over on Adventures of Adam.