My Little Sandbox {a simple & affordable DIY for your toddler and you!}

Posted on Sep 13 2013 - 7:00am by Traci

Today I just wanted to share a SUPER simple {and cheap} Project that will keep your toddler busy for hours {okay, maybe not HOURS but at least one hour, for sure}. When our little family first moved to Florida, we moved into a two bedroom apartment. Which was just the right size for our family of three. But moving a one year old across the country when he is used to having tons of cousins and a yard was a hard thing to adjust to. Plus, Florida is HOT. We moved in August which is about as hot as hot can be! So, we were stuck inside a little apartment for WAAAY too long. Needless to say, I needed something my little one year old man could do outside without getting a sunburn. We didn’t have a backyard, just a SUPER small patio, with barely enough room to walk out on. I REALLY wanted to get him a sandbox, but they are kind of expensive sometimes, and HUGE. I just needed something simple, here’s what I came up with.

Run to Walmart {or drive, I suggest driving, sand is heavy 🙂 pick up one $20 plastic underbed storage with a lid. Then head back to the garden department and get about 10, 50 cent sand bags {they have cleaned play sand for sale that is specifically for sandboxes} Take it all home and set it up on your patio. I also suggest getting your husband to bring in the sand for you 🙂
If you are being really adventurous, grab a cheap set of beach toys. 🙂 It was amazing. My little one year old boy would not play with ANYTHING for longer than about 5 minutes, but the sandbox, seriously he would stay out there forever! I hope your kids enjoy this as much as mine!

Oh and if you need some proof, here is a picture of him dancing in the sandbox 🙂


Happy Sanding! 🙂



6 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Sierra A McBride September 15, 2013 at 9:28 am - Reply

    This is an amazing idea. : )
    Thank youu !

    Love the pictures of the little one btw. Adorable !

  2. Karen September 16, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Definitely the way to go! I love the lid part. I hate it when it gets all wet and buggy! Yuck!

  3. michelle tucker September 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    What a great idea. I think I'll be using this soon. THanks!

  4. Crystal October 9, 2013 at 8:03 am - Reply

    What a great idea! We don't have a ton of space where we live so this will be great for our daughter next summer 🙂

    • Traci October 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks! I definitely know the feeling! Our apartment was cramped, and no backyard, meant for some creative thinking! Let me know how it goes for you! 🙂

  5. Josh February 7, 2014 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    I love the box! Thinking this may be a great project to add to the yard for the grands.
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