Sandbox!!! and The Outdoor Play Party

Friday, March 30, 2012

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This is The Outdoor Play Party hosted by Mama Pea PodGreening Sam and Avery, and Learning for Life.  I hope our play party inspires you to get outside more with your kids.

This past weekend I built a sandbox for my daughter.  She loves any type of sensory play especially sand, and this will be a great backyard feature to encourage play.

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I built the sandbox by using bricks that we had in another part of the yard.  As I arranged the bricks I dug out a small trench for them.  I didn't use concrete with the bricks because she will not use the sandbox forever.  I can take apart the sandbox when she outgrows it.  Placing the bricks took about an hour.  I didn't use weed protector as a barrier between the sand and dirt.  I want her to have the ability to dig a big hole if she wants, but a weed barrier fabric would keep out weeds and prevent dirt and sand from mixing a lot.  I bought 10 bags (500 pounds) of play sand from a home improvement store.  It cost a little under $50.  Dump the sand into the box.  

I use weed barrier fabric weighted down with stones to keep cats from using this is a litter box.  I like the weed barrier because it allows rain to drain into the sand, and we love to play with wet sand. You may want to use an organic bug repellent to discourage ants and other bugs (especially red ants) from making their home in the sandbox.

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It's not perfect looking, but it sure has been the perfect spot for Miss E to play.  

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Thank you to the bloggers who linked up to the last Outdoor Play Party.  I get so many ideas when I visit your beautiful sites.  I enjoyed the thoughtful post from Kim at The Educators' Spin on It about teaching kids about animals by observing them in your backyard.  She showed how babies and toddlers can learn so much by taking advantage of the outside world around them.  


Now, it's your turn to share your outdoor play ideas with us at The Outdoor Play Party blog hop.  If you don't have a blog, please share how you have been playing outside with your kids in a comment. 



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10 comments:

tricia said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It is perfect looking! The only thing I'll warn you about as a fellow Texan is that the creepies can still get in! We have a more commercial one with a lid- and I found pincher bugs sneaking in through the crevices....maybe you could rake it before you let her dig in? Great idea! She looks like she loves it!

Kim @ The Educators Spin On It said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you so much Rebekah for featuring our post about Creating a Zoo in your own backyard with your babies and toddlers. Sounds like you might be even having a little lesson about insects in your yard soon with the sandbox, I hope not. Can't wait to see what everyone's been up to this week.

Mama Pea Pod said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love your sandbox! And the weed protector sheet against cats is a great idea. We have been planning to get a tarp for ours for the same reason, but I like your idea of letting rain seep through.

Growing a Jeweled Rose said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love the simplicity of your sandbox, and that you can take it down when your daughter grows out of it!

PlainVanillaMom said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love this sandbox! I have been wanting to make one for our kids but the whole cut wood, nail etc. seems daunting. This would be so much easier (and quicker). Thanks for sharing.

StarTraci said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

How lovely -- it looks perfect to me! We're in an apartment and I am looking to be creative in finding ways to getting them outside more. I've been thinking of making a sandbox, now I'm sure of it.
:-)
Traci

CK said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ah! That turned out awesome!

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i love this and know this would be a hit with my daughter. We have a tiny and box right now!

Kierna C said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Rebekah I love the sand in your sandbox. I used to be able to get this type, it was called 'silver sand' but can't seem to get it anywhere now. Kierna

Alissa @ Creative With Kids said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Aren't sand boxes wonderful? Ours gets SO much use. I love how simple yours is and how it fits right in with the yard.

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