Updated: Sep 13, 2019
Kids love sandboxes! They provide a safe outdoor space for them to get messy and creative in. The best part is it will get them out of the house and offer them hours of entertainment with very little attention needed from you!
When we built our sandbox a few years ago I thought to myself, this is Pinterest worthy! Since then I've had quite a few moms ask me about it, so I'd like to share how we did it! First I'd like to say that this is quite possibly one of the most expensive sandboxes ever created. Seriously, it took way longer than we thought it would and ended up costing us way more than we would have liked, but it's really cool! If you plan better than us and do more of the work yourself you could make an affordable backyard sandbox!
Not all parents like sandboxes because they are so messy. I personally have a love hate relationship with our sandbox. There are a couple of things to think about. Sand will get tracked into the house. The closer the sandbox is to the house, the more sand will get tracked in. Think about putting your sandbox at the opposite end of your yard, across the grass if you have grass. Take time to wash or dust your kids feet off before they come in the house. As your kids get older, they will get better about dusting themselves off.
We had a long skinny space along the side of our yard that wasn't being used. There were some rocks and rose plants there. It was next to a concrete slab, which is where we had our outdoor sitting area. At the time I had a two year old and a b