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Crabs, shells and other sandboxes for children

Updated on September 1, 2013

One of the best investments for your backyard is a sandbox. When you look around the neighbourhood it seems like everybody owns one. There is a great assortment of kids’ sandboxes, from big, rectangular wooden ones, to little turtle or dinos made out of plastic.
Why are they so popular? Here are some reasons:

  • The Fun factor

As a matter of fact, a sandbox is the only place a parent can encourage kids to get dirty. No more “don’t do that, don’t touch that..”.The children are free.

  • The Creativity

There is an endless list of games and activities that can keep kids busy for hours. They can dig the sand with a digger, make castles, build forts, have care races. They can play pretend, set up a whole garden in few inches of a sandbox, make a beach or a stormy sea.

  • Focus factor

Children can stay focused in one spot for hours, developing their games. This way, parents can keep them out of streets or other dangers. And, to be honest, how many parents didn’t wished to have at least one hour of non interruption so they can finish that job they were trying to have it done for two weeks.

  • Piece of mind factor

Well, you know they are in the backyard, you can see them from your kitchen window. The sand is clean and safe, the toys, mostly made out of plastic are safe too. The sandbox is the perfect spot for kids to play.

  • The Outdoor factor

If you encourage your kids to be active and play outside rather then watching tv then a sandbox does the job. Also, it is a great substitute for parks or even beaches and can be used from spring to late fall with minimum or no maintenance.

  • Good investment

Yes, a sandbox is a good investment for your money. I would even say it is a smart way to spend money on children. Just make an exercise: divide the cost of an average sandbox to how many months, or days a kid can use it.

 There are two ways you can get a sandbox for your backyard, buy one or build one.

If you decide to buy, I'll give you few examples bellow.

But first, if you decide to build then maybe you would like to make it a family project. You may want to get the kids to build it with you, your kids and the neighbour’s also. Here is a very good book to start. Actually, this book features lots of fun family projects, from sandboxes, to lemonade stands or raised gardens. Also, when you decide to build, check out This Old House site for useful tips.

Kidkraft backyard sandbox

 This style is my favourite. It is large enough that more then four small kids can play, has corner were even parents can seat and comes at an affordable price. It measures  60 x 60 x 8.5. It also comes with a mesh cover. You may need to buy your own garden liner to put at the base of the box.

4 x 4 sandbox with canopy

 This style is my second choice because provides shade in hot summer day. The sandbox doesn’t come with a cover and that means you have to buy it separately or make one yourself. It is not as large and can only accommodate two small kids. The canopy frame is made out of wood and the fabric is polyester.  The canopy colors may fade over time.

Step 2 Crabbie Sandbox

 
This is the easiest and cleanest sandbox. It comes as it is, already assembled. The best thing about it is that you can move it anywhere you like around your backyard. It is made out of sturdy plastic and has no holes so I imagine that you can use it as a summer pool also. The lid is another smart thing. It keeps the sand clean and can also be used as an additional toy. The whole deal measures 4 x 4. The inside space is 3 x 3.

Foam shell pool and sandbox

 This is the one that you may take it at the beach or at the cabin. It is small enough to fit in the trunk of the car and weights only 5 lb. Basically, it is a shell made out of foam. The two sides can be filled with water and sand for a complete play experience. And the price is unbeatable.

These are only few modest examples of what’s there, on the market. The truth is that even teachers buy indoor sandboxes for kindergartners. They say that playing in sand helps children develop fine motor skills, stimulates imagination and creativity and encourages cooperative play.
So, shop with confidence.

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      6 years ago

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      cameciob 

      7 years ago

      Hi Nell, when I was a kid we had a huge sand pit out in the wild, behind my street. The site was once used to make and burn bricks. That was my summer heaven. thank you for stopping and commenting.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, this is a great idea, makes me want to be a kid again! I remember when I was young we had a small sand hole in the garden! until I filled it with water....!

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