12 Sandboxes Worth Sticking Your Toes Into
Playing in sand is fun for kids and adults. If you don't live near a beach, here's how to bring the sand to you.
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Pirate Ship Sandbox
Picnic Table Sandbox
This sandbox is atop an Asian-inspired home in Venice Beach, California. An uninspired area of the home “became magical with a fenced-in virtual Venice Beach playground for the kids, featuring a large, deep sandbox and potted palms,” says Laura Morton.
If you don’t want your kids sitting out in the sun all day while they play, this sandbox is for you. A shade canopy ensures kids are protected on three sides and overhead. Two rollup windows provide ventilation and three storage bins are included.
No place for an outdoor sandbox? Your kids can still have fun playing with sand with this kinetic sand set. This sand is moldable, sticks to itself and never dries out, making it actually fun for all ages! It’s a great toy for rainy day DIYs.
Zen Garden Sand
In the sixth century A.D., Zen Buddhist monks created the first zen gardens to aid meditation. Today, those who like carefully controlled settings with raked sand or rocks and precisely clipped shrubs find zen gardens appealing. You can even purchase special sand for zen gardens. Add a relaxing water feature for ambiance.
This is the epitome of simple DIY: A wood-frame sandbox with two stakes and fabric to create a tent! Kids can pretend they’re camping, or hang out inside like it’s a clubhouse. Complete how-to-build instructions can be found on tarynwhiteaker.com. Alternatively, add shade to your deck or patio and place a sandbox in the shaded area.
If you’ve always wanted to operate full-size diggers and dumpers like the toy ones you had as a kid, Extreme Sandbox is for you! Extreme Sandbox is a family owned and operated business that gives people the opportunity to “play” with construction equipment in a controlled environment. Corporate and social groups go for bonding and fun. In 2016, Extreme Sandbox was on Shark Tank and their business continues to grow.