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.
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.
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.
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.