How To Choose A Sandbox

A sandbox is a great addition to your garden because it will get your kids outside enjoying the sunshine, which has been proven to be essential for the little ones' growth. This will also be a great opportunity for you to engage and spend quality time with them.

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Sandboxes come in various shapes, style, colors, sizes and materials so it can be overwhelming for you to find the one that will best suit your needs. This guide of sandbox ideas promises to make it easier for you to decide you will not regret.

  • A classic green turtle is a go-to backyard sandbox and its round shape offers molded-in seats and a colorful lid that protects the sand from pets, water and debris.
  •   A straightforward option would be a hexagon or square framed sandbox, which is perfect for bigger yards and can hold lots of sand. The bigger the sandbox, the safer it is for kids to play, but the more sand, the bigger the costs.
  •   Although sunlight is beneficial, it can be quite dangerous if your little ones are exposed to it for too long. There are sandboxes that can protect your kids with a large canopy that covers the whole pit.
  •   A simple but just as fun solution to have your toddlers enjoy the outside is a sand table. It will allow them to play whilst standing up, however, you can always add a stool.
  • If you're looking for something more imaginative, a sand and water table is ideal for summertime fun. They usually have two separate lids and a plug to drain the water.
Simple Hexagon Cedar Sandbox With Cover
Plastic Rectangular Sandbox With Cover
Pirate Ship Solid Wood Rectangular Sandbox
Purple Hippo Sandbox With Cover
Big Square Plastic Sandbox With Corner Seats
Green Novelty Plastic Turtle Sandbox
Square Bamboo And Fir Wooden Sandbox
Rectangular Cedar Sandbox with Cover
Crab Shaped Plastic Sandbox With Cover
Solid Wood Cedar Square Sandbox
Black Plastic Square Sandbox With Cover

How Big Should a Sandbox Be?

  • Little portable sandboxes (10'' x 10'' x 2'') are ideal for toddlers and because of their portability you can place them indoors. These would suit smaller patios and yards. 

  • However, most parents will recommend having a bigger sandbox because your child might outgrow it. And if it has friends over, the sandbox needs to be big enough for two or three. Such sandboxes should be at least 5' x 5'.

  • Factor in the cost of filling it with sand, the bigger the sandbox, the more expensive it is to fill it up.

Which Sandbox Shapes are Most Appealing?

  • Every day your child is exposed to the different shapes of the world, so it is important for them to learn to identify them. 

  • These shapes need to be as recognizable as possible to help them verbalize what they see and understand why they are there.

  • If you choose to incorporate an animal in the sandbox, your little one will associate it with a shape, which will help them identify the animal in the future. For instance, the green turtle is a round-shaped sandbox and your kid will see it as a circle.

Simple Wooden Sandbox With Corner Seating
Black Square Plastic Sandbox With Cover
Simple Wooden Hexagon Sandbox
Small Solid Wood Square Sandbox
Purple Hippo Plastic Sandbox With Cover
Convertible Cedar Sandbox With Seating and Cover

Quick Tips

This is quite a lot of information to digest and you might be feeling overwhelmed by it. To make things easier, you can find a 'cheat sheet' below so you know the main things to keep in mind when choosing a sandbox.

  • Think simple. Sometimes a wooden hexagon is enough for your little one to have fun.
  • As for materials, think of the typical weather conditions in your yard. Do you want something less durable but easier to maintain such as recycled plastic or something that will last but requires weatherproofing and regular maintenance such as wood.
  • Choose a color from the primary selection - red, yellow or blue.
  • A bigger sandbox will require more sand, which will increase the expenses.
  • Have you noticed what shapes or animals appeal to your little one most? If not a round or square-shaped sandbox is simple and straightforward.
  • Choosing the best play sand is as easy as one-two-three. You just need to perform the three tests: the sugar test, the sandcastle test and the nuisance dust test.