Friday, May 1, 2015

Sandbox tips

We finally have a day with no rain. I took the boys outside this morning and they wanted to play in the sandbox. I dug out the sandbox toys and they spent the entire time playing in the sand. It is still cold enough for coats and hats, hopefully warm weather will be here soon.

I've never heard of a child who didn't like to play in a sandbox. Whether you choose to buy a sandbox or build one, your child will have fun for hours. Depending on the amount of sand you need to fill your sandbox, it can be quite expensive. Therefore, you want to be sure that your children are going to be able to play in it the whole summer. Follow these tips and check out the ideas for lots of Sandbox fun this year.

Tip # 1
Cover Your Sandbox to keep animals out. Use the cover that comes with it or cover it with a tarp.

Tip # 2
Sprinkle cinnamon in your Sandbox to keep bugs out.

Tip # 3
Sprinkle black pepper in your Sandbox to keep ants out. If your sand gets wet, you should add more.

Tip # 4
When you or your children get covered in wet sand, use corn starch or baby powder to wipe it right off.


Use Recycled Items as Sandbox toys- Laundry Detergent Caps, Pop Bottle Funnels, Empty containers such as yogurt, ice cream and  margarine containers and unused kitchen utensils.

Dig for Dinosaurs in your sandbox, small dinosaurs can be purchased as the dollar store.

Build sand castles.
Make roads and drive your cars and trucks in them.
Make a sand hill and race small balls down the hill.

Check out these other blogs for more Sandbox ideas.

Super simple and FREE solution that will keep your cats out of the sandbox all summer long!     diy car track   
     Making a sand volcano is tons of fun for kids!  You can easily set this activity up at the beach or right in your sand box.      Panning for Gold - Kids collect rocks and paint them hide them in sand and use sifters to "pan for gold"

This post is part of a series. Check back each Friday for more outdoor fun and projects.

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