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25 DIY Summertime Sandboxes

By Jaime Morrison Curtis |

In a world of technology, the lure of screens is a powerful force. Look around the playground and you’ll often note 3 out of 4 adults with their faces buried in a smartphone. For kids, the ability of a screen to hypnotize is even stronger. Not many things can compete for a little one’s attention when there’s a TV, iPad, or video toy blinking its way into their heart. Which is why i find it all the more wonderful that there is still one toy so simple, inexpensive, and universal that has the power to draw children outdoors and into active play: A box of sand.

It doesn’t matter what size or how fancy it is — there’s something about running your fingers and toes through the sand that’s therapeutic and just plain fun. Heck, I even enjoy taking a break to build a sand castle or two (or three or four). Since not everyone has the space to build a 7×7 foot sandbox, there are plenty of portable and mini sandbox options for your family to enjoy. Not a master carpenter? Don’t worry — because a painted tire, wreath container, or plastic pool can do just fine. If you really want to tackle the project, add a water area to the sandbox. Check out the pool sandbox and many other sandbox tutorials with these 25 DIY summertime sandboxes …

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25 DIY Summertime Sandboxes

Shaded Comfort Sandbox

This adorable canopy sandbox is not too difficult to make and was inspired by the cutest Pottery Barn Kids sandbox.
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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman) and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier DIY destination for crafty moms seeking ways to make their lives even more stylish and beautiful.

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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), founding editor at Prudent Baby, LA Kids Editor at DailyCandy, and mother to three-year-old Scarlet Jane. Read bio and latest posts → Read Jaime's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “25 DIY Summertime Sandboxes

  1. Janet says:

    I live in a condo/townhouse community with no playgrounds for kids. I think one of the portable sandboxes would be perfect for my 3 yo to play in. I can take it the garage when not in use so I don’t get yelled at by the condo association. Great ideas!!

  2. Lisa says:

    I like all of them except for the tire one. Tires make a perfect hiding place for snakes of all kinds, I have a fear of those after finding snakes in a tractor tire we had in our elementary school playground.

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