While shopping this past Christmas, I kept seeing the cutest little indoor sandboxes on display. I especially loved the one for construction play and knew my two preschoolers would have a blast with it. I just couldn’t see paying $25-$30 for a box of sand and a couple of vehicles when I knew we had most of the supplies at home already, so I set out to make my own little sandbox for indoor construction play!
I had planned to steal a little sand from our covered backyard sandbox, but while walking through Lowe’s with my husband, I spotted a bag of playground sand marked down to only $1 because it had a small hole in it so I snatched it up.
I had also planned to use some of my little boy’s existing vehicles for the box, but I found a great pack of construction vehicles at Wal-Mart for around $6, and so at just a buck a piece, I grabbed those, too.
For the container, I used a plastic drawer from a craft cart that we had around the house, so that part was free. I actually had some wooden containers that looked more like the sandbox I was copying but figured a plastic container wouldn’t leak sand around the cracks like a wood one might.
To make our little sandbox all I had to do was fill the container with sand, pop in the vehicles,
…and call the kids over to play.
They happily played for at least an hour!
Just a note: The play will likely be a little bit messy even if you go over rules beforehand like I do just because of the materials used, so using a towel or fleece blanket underneath is recommended.
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