We usually plan at least 2 visits a year to gather up lots of freebies we know the children will make good use of - you never know what you might find but among the treasures can be plastic bottles, lids, tubs, rolls of paper, tubing, stickers etc.
Last week I had a meeting in Belfast & used the opportunity to call into Play Resource as I needed to get some of paper people shapes, they also have a great art supply shop for members. When there I couldn't resist a look around the scrap store to see what was on offer.
I was excited to spy some spray bottle parts in one of the scrap bins & then found another bin full of 1 litre water bottles that they fitted onto perfectly. I knew they would be great for the mud kitchen & to help develop fine motor skills.
I made some marks on the fence with chalk & the children had great fun squirting at the marks to make them disappear & best of all they have no idea they are developing their fine motor skills & pincer grip!