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Ten for Tuesday: Summertime Sandy Play

My husband used two by fours and made us a basic sandbox in the backyard. The boys absolutely love it. Sandboxes may not be a possibility for everyone's backyard. Still, sand is a favorite for summertime fun -- bringing a beach element home, so enjoy this round-up of sand activities and DIY sandbox options, including manageable indoor sand play. Go ahead and get a little sandy!
1. Don't be intimidated by the idea of making your own sandbox. Here's 2 options: a wooden one with built-in benches from 2 Big, 2 Little or a brick sandbox from The Golden Gleam. (Tip: if you have access to a truck, get loose sand rather than bags of sand. It costs much less).

 2. Make a road using sand, water and rocks -- the perfect activity for little ones who love their trucks!

3. Add bugs to the sandbox for a fun bug hunt like Momma's Fun World did. (She got the bugs at the dollar store and used a small kiddie pool - another clever sandbox option!)

4. Also consider other fun add-ins to the sandbox or sand table. Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails added dried beans, dried pasta and jelly beans for her little guys.

5. Make it a sensory experience like Glittering Muffins! We all love sticking our feet in the sand at the beach - encouraging that experience at home is a perfect way to explore the sandbox. 
6. Create a simple sandbox alternative that can be used indoors or outdoors, like this thrifty sand box from Mama Smiles made from an under the bed storage bin. Creekside Learning added seashells and dollhouse dolls to her storage bin sandbox for fun indoor beach play! (Perfect if the heat wave is keeping you inside). Creekside Learning also uses their indoor sandbox for learning -- with sand castle counting (and smashing)!
Thrifty sand box from Mama Smiles.

7. Hands on: as we grow used sand for a 100th day of pre-school sensory art experience!
8. Make your own sand! (In different colors). Momma's Fun World uses basic ingredients (sidewalk chalk, wax paper and salt) to create colored "sand."

9. And, I absolutely LOVE this sand playdough from Famiglia and Seoul. She added coconut oil to imitate the smell of the beach. This also keeps the sand mess to a minimum if you're trying to do some beach play inside.

10. Finally, keep it simple with classic sandbox play: buckets, shovels and trucks! 

Sharing at: All Year Round Carnival: Summer, Discover & Explore: Outdoor Play

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  1. You're so right sand is just about the best when it comes to summer play. Even a large rubber tote filled with sand can be a fun indoor winter activity. Helps to confine the sand to an area of the house that has hard floors, making clean up a snap.

  2. What a great round up! Thanks for including our sandy playdough! Pinning this to try out a couple more ideas! :)

  3. Sand is fantastic! And I love those handmade sandboxes from 2 Big, 2 Little and The Golden Gleam - so pretty!

  4. Looks great thanks for adding us- jaime FSPDT

  5. Those are wonderful homemade sand boxes. What a great idea for hours of outdoor fun. Thank you for linking to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3.

    : 0 ) Theresa

  6. What a great collection of sandy play ideas! Our backyard sandbox has been one of our favorite spots this summer. It's a great excuse to get dirty. :)

  7. I love sand, too. At the beach, in a box or a table, it's all fun!

  8. Makes me want to hit the beach with the kiddos!

  9. I love the DIY outdoor sand pit. Trying to get Nick to make one for us at Coombemill - it is on the "to do list" somewhere! Would love you to join me on Country Kids too

  10. I love the DIY sandpit - that is so clever! Some lovely sand ideas and we are off to the parks sand pit this afternoon!

    Thanks for sharing on Family Frolics!

  11. I love this post...we are currently in the beginning stages of planning our sandpit so i loved all these ideas! We are thinking lots of bushrocks around the edges...have to dig the hole first though!!!

  12. What a great selection of sand pit activities - Can't wait to try some of them out. Thank you so much for linking up to Tueday Tots this week and just popping by to let you know that I'm featuring this post this week over at Rainy Day Mum

  13. What a great idea! We have a "dirt pile" in our back yard that the boys love to play in. They like to hide their dinosaurs in them and dig them back up!

  14. OH I so remember the fun days in the sand box! Your kids will have so much fun! Glad you linked up at tip toe thru tuesday!

  15. What great ideas!!! That sandy playdough is great! Thank you for linking up to the Sunday Showcase!

  16. I love it! We live near so many critters that we would need a cover- locked tight!!!! :)

  17. Great collection! We love playing in the sand! I love the idea of coloring it though; we've never done that yet! Great ideas! We'd love to invite you to join us at Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! I know everyone will love your great kid-friendly ideas! Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie :)

  18. Stopping by to let you know I featured this post this week on The Sunday Showcase! :) Hope you'll stop by and grab a button!

  19. Another idea -- create an archaeology dig for your kids by hiding little dinosaurs in their sand pit/box. Give them a hand shovel or small rake and small brush and let them hunt. These dinosaurs from Oriental Trading Co are perfect, but any dinosaurs will do.

    I also used this as one of the activities at my son's dinosaur-themed birthday party, and the kids loved it!


  20. Thanks for the feature and really nice round up!


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