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 …
Shaded Comfort Sandbox 1 of 25This adorable canopy sandbox is not too difficult to make and was inspired by the cutest Pottery Barn Kids sandbox.
Find out more at iGriza
Sandbox on Wheels 2 of 25With the right tools in hand, you can make this sandbox on wheels in under 2 hours.
Get the tutorial at Nonchalantmom
On the Run 3 of 25These portable sandboxes are made out of bins filled with sand and buried treasure.
Find out more at Dollar Store Crafts
Wine Barrel Sandbox 4 of 25Fill an old wine barrel with sand, rocks, and seashells for a mini sandbox.
Spotted at Little Eco Footprints
Recycled Pool Sandbox 5 of 25Instead of throwing out an old plastic swimming pool, use it to make a fun sandbox.
Spotted at Satori Smiles
Instant Brick Sandbox 6 of 25If you have some bricks laying around, use them to built the perimeter of an
Find out more at The Golden Gleam
Demolition in Progress 7 of 25Build a roadway-turned-sandbox for tractors and cars to zoom around.
Find out more at Lowe's
Wooden Sandbox 8 of 25A wooden sandbox is nice and sturdy and can last for years to come.
Find out more at Modern Parents Messy Kids
Striped Sandbox 9 of 25Brighten up your backyard with a burst of color with this vibrant sandbox.
Find out more at MADE
Sandbox To-Go 10 of 25Another great idea for a portable sandbox is to put it on wheels for easy transport.
Check it out at Raise a Boy
Custom Sandbox Using Noodles 11 of 25Build a sandbox using pool noodles for the sides.
Get the tutorial at DIY Network
$10 Sandbox 12 of 25Keep expenses low by building a sandbox out of a wreath container.
Find out more at Prudent Baby
Sandbox in a Drawer 13 of 25Make a sandbox quickly by using an old drawer.
Find out more at Irresistable Ideas
Covered Sandbox 14 of 25Keep twigs, leaves, and icky cat you-know-what out of the sandbox with a cover.
Get the tutorial at DIY Network
Tire Sandbox 15 of 25Clean out an old tire and fill it with sand. Then paint it to add some bright colors.
Find out more at Squidoo
Car Sandbox 16 of 25Spice up the basic square sandbox by turning it into a car.
Get the tutorial at This Old House
Backyard Beach 17 of 25Escape the hot sun this summer with a backyard beach.
Get the tutorial at Better Together
Teepee Sandbox 18 of 25Turn your sandbox into a shaded and bug free teepee.
Find out more at Packing the Panic Room
Playtime Sandbox 19 of 25The ornate spindles on this creative sandbox add an adorable touch.
Get the tutorial at Life in the Dub Lane
Minimal Work Sandbox 20 of 25If building a sandbox from scratch is not your thing, you may just want to order an almost complete sandbox that you just have to set up.
Buy it for $339 at Pottery Barn Kids
Sandbox Pool 21 of 25Have double the outdoor summer fun by adding a pool to your sandbox.
Check it out at Frugal Minded
Sailboat Sandbox 22 of 25Turn a standard sandbox into a shaded sailboat with this crafty tutorial.
Find out more at Jasey's Crazy Daisy
Your Basic Sandbox 23 of 25If you are not looking to build anything fancy schmancy, this DIY sandbox is a
Get the tutorial at TLC
Deluxe DIY Sandbox 24 of 25Give your kids years worth of fun with this durable and long-lasting sandbox.
Find out more at Small & Friendly
Tree Stump Sandbox 25 of 25Build a pretty and unique sandbox using tree stumps for the perimeter.
Find out more at Dearest Daughters
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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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