How To Choose A Sandbox

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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

Which is the Best Material for a Sandbox?

When thinking of materials for outdoor play equipment, you would look for the same characteristics of indoor furniture and those might be durability, style and comfort. The only difference is that you need the play area to be suitable for the weather outside.

  • Plastic might not be the most durable material; however, it is safer if your little one takes a tumble. For an environmentally friendly sandbox, you should consider recycled plastic.
  • Wood is a popular choice for playground equipment because of its natural appearance and it can be easily revamped with fun add-ons and new configurations.

    Although wood can be quite sturdy and durable, it can decay if it is not properly maintained. It requires more extensive weather protection and must be checked often for any signs of environmental damage.

  • Wood is a popular choice for playground equipment because of its natural appearance and it can be easily revamped with fun add-ons and new configurations.

    Although wood can be quite sturdy and durable, it can decay if it is not properly maintained. It requires more extensive weather protection and must be checked often for any signs of environmental damage.

  • Although wood can be quite sturdy and durable, if it is not properly maintained, it can lead to deterioration. It requires more extensive weather protection and must be checked often for any signs of environmental damage.
  • Another aspect you must think of is the playground surfacing materials, which will help protect your little ones during playtime. The most popular surface materials are solid rubber surfacing, artificial grass, wood chips, rubber mulch and engineered wood fiber.
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
Taupe Plastic Rectangular Sandbox With Cover

Which Color Sandbox Should You Choose?

  • Bright colors appeal the most to children since they are easier to see and helps them distinguish forms and objects.

  • As kids age, they continue to be drawn to brighter hues and colors are known to influence their behavior and mood.

  • Pastel and neutral shades are less appealing that primary colors like red, yellow and blue and secondary ones like green, orange and purple.

  • Research has shown that orange and yellow bring happiness and comfort. Blue and green usually have a relaxing effect and red increases alertness and appetite.

  • Also, bright colors help children associate them with objects. Such objects would be red for apples, orange for oranges and yellow for the sun.

  • Brighter shades can have deeper associations, for example, red relates to passion, blue to sadness and green to nature.

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.