Buying a Sandbox / Sandpit?
Are you thinking about purchasing a sandbox / sandpit for your child this season? There are almost unlimited choices when it comes to shapes, designs and colors for sandboxes and prices range considerably between materials. Our aim is to inform you of the pros and cons of what’s out there and some handy tips to keep your kids, and your sandbox, safe and clean.
Playing in a sandbox is the perfect outdoor activity for children of anywhere from 1 to 8 years of age. Depending on their age and skill, each child can experience sand in a different way.
Sand has such unique properties, being fine and slippery when dry, firm and moldable when damp, and sloppy when wet. Kids can dig it, pour it, mold it and all around have a good time whatever its properties. Owning a sandbox / sandpit and providing a few essential props ensures your kids will always have outdoors entertainment.
But What To Consider?
How many kids?
How Much Room?
Main Types of Sandbox / Sandpit
Plastic Sandbox – $100-400
This basic 4 x 4 square sandbox is a good budget option for littlies. It includes 4 stacking joints made from composite plastic timbers, and a sandbox liner, and is about 6inches /25cm deep. Sandbox covers are also available below.
The deeper 4 x 4 square sandbox provides extra play opportunities with increased depth. It includes 4 stacking joints made from composite plastic timbers, and a sandbox liner, and is about 12inches /50cm deep. Sandbox covers are also available below.
The hexagonal 10 x 10 sandbox give plenty of space for several children and all their sand play equipment. It includes 16 stacking joints made from composite plastic timbers, and a sandbox liner, and is about 12inches /50cm deep. Sandbox covers are also available below.
This 6 x 6 toddler sandbox features natural brick/stone effects and is 12inches /50cm deep. Sandbox covers are also available below.
Elevated Sandbox / Sand Table
Elevated sandboxes are often better able to cope with larger numbers of kids as they can stand around and all play in a small area. Elevated sandboxes can also be used inside with a plastic sheet underneath. This makes them a good option if you live in a climate where outdoors play is limited by the weather. They come with their own lid and often convert to a normal play table when not in use, thus being a worthwhile investment.
More an more sandboxes are now being constructed in timber / plastic composites giving the appearance of timber but with improved durability. See the plastic sandboxes above.
Small sandbox with adjustable roof, is easy to operate, as well as keeping out sun, rain and animals. It is constructed from high quality Honduran Pine. It has a smooth finish and is coated with weather resistant stain.
Make Your Own / D.I.Y
When selecting timber check with your local hardware store for recommended varieties that will give long life with minimal splinters and warping while also being child-friendly (check for treatments).
An outdoor sandbox should be kept covered when not in use. Otherwise it will attract roaming cats and birds who will use it as a litter. If the sandbox did not come with a commercial cover, you can use a canvas or plastic tarp.
What Type of Sand?
**TIP- Before using the sandbox, rub some talcum powder on exposed skin, it will make brushing off any sand much easier when your kids are ready to come indoors. After outdoor sand play, use a soft brush to remove any sand particles from children’s clothes before they go back inside. Keep a mat by the door to reduce the amount of sand that is tracked indoors.
Last of All- Safety
Be sure children are protected when they head to the sandbox. Sunscreen of at least (SPF) 15, hats, sunglasses, and protective cotton clothing will help prevent sunburn if your sandbox is not shaded.
For outdoor sand play, keep eating and drinking areas separate from the sandbox. Food or beverage particles that children leave behind can attract insects and birds.
Make sure children know that throwing or eating sand is unacceptable and that they should be careful not to get sand in their own eyes or in another child’s eyes. If a child gets sand blown or thrown into his eyes, you can take the child to a sink with running water and rinse for a minute or two to get rid of the particles. Most kids will try eating sand at some stage, but will quickly realise that it doesn’t taste very nice. It will not harm them but it is better to suggest right form the outset that sand is for play, and not for eating!
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